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Report: Suns’ Willie Green a candidate for Magic head coaching job

Suns assistant coach Willie Green stands behind head coach Monty Williams during a timeout in their game Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on December 27, 2020 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Phoenix Suns assistant coach Willie Green is reportedly among a list of candidates for the Orlando Magic’s head coach vacancy following Steve Clifford’s departure from the organization.

Per The Athletic’s Josh Robbins, the Magic have asked permission to interview Green, as well as Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Charles Lee and Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Ime Udoka.

Green, 39, has been on head coach Monty Williams’ staff since his arrival to the Valley in 2019. The coaching staff sports an 85-60 record over two seasons. The Suns returned to the playoffs this season, earning a Western Conference Finals berth, which is expected to begin either Sunday or Tuesday against the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-Utah Jazz series.

Before joining Phoenix’s ranks, Green got his coaching start as an assistant to Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors in 2016. During his three-year stint with the Warriors, Green was a part of two championship teams.

As a player, Green originally got his start with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2003. He was eventually traded in 2010 to New Orleans, joining the Williams-led Hornets.

The following season he took his talents to the Atlanta Hawks before playing for the Los Angeles Clippers (2012-14) and Magic (2014-15).

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