The assistant coaching positions for Jeff Hornacek’s staff appear to be filling in. The Suns will move former big man and current vice president of player programs Mark West into an assistant role and additionally add former Washington Wizards assistant Jerry Sichting, as first reported by Arizona Sports.
Sichting, 56, will reportedly be Hornacek’s lead assistant, according to the Washington Post. Sichting’s specialty with Washington was working with its big men.
Phoenix will also bring in former Detroit Pistons assistant Roy Rogers, USA Today’s Sam Amick reported Tuesday afternoon.
West’s move to the Suns’ bench isn’t surprising considering his tenured role with the team and his playing days with Hornacek, and Sichting’s hiring could be connected to last week’s hiring of assistant general manager Pat Connelly, who also left D.C. for Phoenix.
Rogers spent time assisting Lawrence Frank with Detroit and previously with the New Jersey Nets from 2008-2010. Afterward, he spent time on Doc Rivers’ staff in Boston and presumably there is a Ryan McDonough relationship there.
On a semi-related note, it’s still a bit unclear of what role, if any, Ralph Sampson will hold with the Suns. He has remained as visible as ever this summer, attending GM and coach introductions as well as helping the team work out its draft prospects.
The Suns took Tuesday off from working out prospects after working out Mason Plumlee and Tony Mitchell on Monday. Phoenix also took a look at Temple scoring guard Khalif Wyatt, Delaware forward Jamelle Hagins, USC big man DeWayne Dedmon and Murray State guard Isaiah Canaan.
Representatives, including Connelly, are also in Italy this week to take a peek at Lucas Nogueira and mysterious prospect Giannis Adetokoubo, according to Paul Coro. Here’s a write-up on Adetokoubo from Tuesday and a highlight reel of Nogueira from the adidas Eurocamp.