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Raptors G League coach Patrick Mutombo to join Phoenix Suns, per report

Jun 14, 2022, 11:34 AM | Updated: 11:34 am
Head coach Patrick Mutombo of the Toronto Raptors looks on during a game against the New York Knick...
Head coach Patrick Mutombo of the Toronto Raptors looks on during a game against the New York Knicks during the 2021 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 8, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raptors defeated the Knicks 89-79. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Raptors 905 head coach Patrick Mutombo will join the Phoenix Suns as an assistant on Monty Williams’ staff, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Mutombo had been head coach for Toronto’s G League team since December 2020. He had been on the NBA squad’s staff as an assistant from 2016-20 under former head coach Dwane Casey and current Raptors head coach Nick Nurse.

With the club, he has helped with one of the NBA’s most successful developmental programs, which has invested time via the G League to grow current NBA players such as Pascal Siakam, Norman Powell, Chris Boucher and, most recently, Gary Payton II.

Prior to that job, Mutombo was an assistant with the G League’s Austin Spurs squad from 2015-16, where he nearly crossed over with Williams. Mutombo departed in September 2016 just as Williams took a job as assistant vice president of basketball operations with the San Antonio Spurs.

Mutombo was on the Denver Nuggets’ coaching staff from 2012-15 that was led by George Karl for a season and then Brian Shaw. He joined that staff after getting into coaching as an assistant for Metro State from 2011-12.

The forward played at Metro State from 1999-2003 and won two Division II titles under current Milwaukee Bucks assistant Mike Dunlap — a one-time Charlotte Bobcats head coach who in 2008-09 was an assistant for the Arizona Wildcats.

Mutombo played professionally across Europe from 2003-09 before ending his career with the D-League’s Bakersfield Jam in 2009-10.

He is not related to former NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo.

He is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and moved to Belgium as a 13-year-old before his college career in the United States.

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