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Who will replace Gentry for Suns?

1/18/2013

The Phoenix Suns announced via their Twitter feed Friday that they and head coach Alvin Gentry have "mutually agreed to part ways."

It's hardly a surprise this move is being made now. Gentry was a lame-duck coach in the final year of his contract, the Suns had lost seven of their previous eight games and their 13 wins on the season tie them with the New Orleans Hornets at the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

As for their next coach, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that assistants Elston Turner and Lindsey Hunter are the top candidates to take over on an interim basis.

"Suns front office installed Hunter into organization and see him as future head coach there. Turner is a favorite of owner, Robert Sarver," he tweeted.

"Part of Suns thinking w/ holding back Hunter as interim coach has been hope of giving him clean slate to take over in offseason, sources say."

Whoever gets the nod, he'll have his work cut out for him, just like Gentry did, because the Suns are devoid of star talent or even a legitimate scoring threat; to wit point guard Goran Dragic leads the team in scoring with 14.0 points per game, which ranks 58th in the Association.