Detroit Pistons Can Help the Phoenix Suns' Coaching Search

Jonathan CullenSenior Writer IApril 27, 2013

Lindsey Hunter might get a shot with the Detroit Pistons.
Lindsey Hunter might get a shot with the Detroit Pistons.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

First, the rumor was reported by CBS Detroit's Matt Dery and then confirmed by Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic detailing that the Detroit Pistons are interested in hiring Lindsey Hunter as their next head coach.

Please Detroit, take Hunter off of our hands and remove the temptation from the Phoenix Suns' management to do the wrong thing.

While the Suns still haven't decide whether they are going to retain Hunter or cut him loose, things became more murky with the decision last week to fire general manager Lance Blanks. Team president Lon Babby made it clear that Hunter would still get consideration for the full-time job.

Why the Suns would consider to Hunter is one thing, but what did the Pistons see in Hunter during his 12-29 trial that would lead them to believe that Hunter is the man to take them to the next level?

The Suns had two different head coaches last season who ended the year with almost identical records, highlighting a lack of impact NBA talent on the team. Having a coach that is learning on the job right now isn't the way to go.

Hunter would have benefited with spending a year or two working underneath an established head coach, but that situation never came to pass with the Suns.

His hiring was handled so poorly by the Suns that long-term assistants Dan Majerle and Elston Turner left when passed over for the position. Both assistants felt that they were better suited and prepared for the job.


The Suns have granted permission to the Pistons according to MLive's David Mayo, allowing them to talk to Hunter even though he is not under contract right now.

The fact that the Suns are currently searching for a new general manager means that Hunter is going to be in limbo until a new general manager is hired.

Any credible and qualified outside general manager is going to want his own coach, a coach that doesn't require a learning curve and can immediately develop young players and work hand-in-hand with the general manager.

The Suns may want stability, but that will come from hiring a good general manager and a good coach who can then take the Suns' roster to the next level. Holding onto a inexperienced coach who you may have to fire halfway through next season isn't going to provide stability.

Phoenix has an opportunity to put the second-worst season in team history behind them by bringing a new coach as well as a new general manager, a chance at a clean slate. The Suns will likely have a very different roster next season as well.

Going into next season with Hunter as the Suns' coach will immediately put a dark cloud over the team's prospects for next season and limit fan confidence in management.

The Pistons can help the Suns by removing Hunter from the Suns' coaching search, allowing Phoenix to move forward with this year's draft and not look back on this season.


Information used from Matt Dery/CBS DetroitPaul Coro/AZ Repulic,, Adam Green/Arizona Sports, Kelly Dwyer/Yahoo Sports,, David Mayo/MLive