Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Jeff Hornacek has agreed in principle to a three-year deal to coach the Phoenix Suns and will sign as early as Sunday, sources confirmed to ESPN.com.
The 50-year-old Hornacek, who had a 14-year career as an NBA player and has been on the Utah coaching staff since 2007, also interviewed for the vacant Charlotte Bobcats head coaching job.
He will attempt to help Phoenix rebound from a last-place finish in the Western Conference at 25-57, the fourth-worst record in the NBA and second-worst in franchise history behind a 16-66 effort in their inaugural season of 1968-69.
While the Suns did not come into the year with high expectations after losing Steve Nash in the offseason, there still was a decent amount of talent on the roster, including Goran Dragic and Luis Scola.
Interim coach Lindsey Hunter went 12-29 after taking over in January for Alvin Gentry, who was fired in his fourth season with the Suns.
Hornacek played the first six seasons of his NBA career in Phoenix after being picked in the second round by the Suns in the 1986 draft. He averaged a career-best 20.1 points per game in 1991-92, a season in which he made his lone All-Star appearance.