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Suns dismiss Frank Vogel after one season, early playoff exit: ‘We would have liked a special head coach for our staff’

Suns dismiss Frank Vogel after one season, early playoff exit: ‘We would have liked a special head coach for our staff’


The Phoenix Suns entered the 2023-24 NBA season with hopes a roster that includes Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal and 2020 NBA Finals-winning coach Frank Vogel was primed for a deep playoff run.

However Phoenix was swept in 4 video games within the first spherical of the NBA playoffs. Lower than two weeks after the early postseason exit, the Suns determined to fireplace Vogel after only one season.

“As we mentioned on the press convention Could 1, staff management, together with myself, Josh Bartelstein and possession can be wanting throughout basketball operations to find out what adjustments wanted to be made,” Suns normal supervisor James Jones mentioned in a press release. 

“After a considerate evaluate of the season, we concluded that we wanted a special head coach for our staff. We admire Frank’s arduous work and dedication.”

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Head Coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers throughout a recreation in opposition to the Denver Nuggets April 10, 2022, on the Ball Area in Denver, Colo.  (Garrett Ellwood/NBAE through Getty Photographs)

ESPN reported that Mike Budenholzer, who led the Milwaukee Bucks to the 2021 NBA title, might be one of many main candidates to exchange Vogel. The Bucks fired Budenholzer in Could 2023 after the staff was eradicated within the first spherical of the playoffs. He didn’t coach this season.

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The Suns completed this season with a 49-33 report and entered the postseason as a sixth seed. 

Vogel signed a five-year cope with the Suns in June. He was employed after the franchise parted methods with Monty Williams after Phoenix’s loss within the Western Convention semifinals to the eventual NBA champion Denver Nuggets.

Frank Vogel vs Timberwolves

Phoenix Suns head coach Frank Vogel applauds his gamers in the course of the first half of Recreation 4 of a first-round playoff sequence in opposition to the Minnesota Timberwolves April 28, 2024, in Phoenix.  (AP Photograph/Ross D. Franklin)

When the Suns had been nonetheless alive within the playoffs, Vogel mentioned he was “very” assured he can be retained for the 2024-25 season and that he had “full help” of staff proprietor Matt Ishbia. 

Vogel beforehand served as head coach for the Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers.

Frank Vogel talks to the media

Head coach Frank Vogel of the Phoenix Suns talks to the media after a playoff recreation in opposition to the Minnesota Timberwolves April 23, 2024, at Goal Heart in Minneapolis.   (Jordan Johnson/NBAE through Getty Photographs)

The following Suns coach will presumably work carefully with Jones and the remainder of the entrance workplace to discover a solution to remodel the staff’s hefty payroll right into a championship contender. The Suns carry $209 million into the offseason, the best payroll within the league.  

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The group may transfer some key gamers this offseason to scale back its payroll and luxurious tax payments.

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