The Suns have given interim coach Lindsey Hunter permission to interview with the Detroit Pistons. Paul Coro confirmed the reports that first came from Detroit reporter Matt Dery. Hunter told Coro that it’s “just an interview, like any other” — that is quite the typical, Lindsey Hunter fashion of nonchalantness.
John Gambadoro also confirmed Phoenix will allow their interim coach to interview.
For the Suns to block such a request wouldn’t make sense since the franchise in the Valley of the Suns is just beginning its general manager search.
Hunter did tell Coro he believed that Phoenix’s retained interest in him is genuine, but on his end, waiting around might prove pointless, especially with his backer, Lance Blanks, gone.
Hunter, of course, spent 1993-2000 and 2003-08 with the Pistons as a backup point guard on the perennial Eastern Conference contenders and one-time NBA champions. As far as style is concerned, a fit in Detroit might make a lot more sense than it would in Phoenix. The Pistons’ historically have played the exact style Hunter likely would succeed in coaching, after all.
Still, the Pistons’ situation isn’t a whole lot better than the one Hunter might be leaving in Phoenix. Detroit won 29-53 this season, and the team fired coach Lawrence Frank last week. They do have intriguing young players such as Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Brandon Knight, however. Plus, a fresh start for Hunter might make all the difference with the Suns locker room already being in turmoil when he took over for Alvin Gentry this January.