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Suns assistant Kevin Young to be interviewed for Hornets HC job

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With the recent news that Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford is reportedly stepping down from the role after the 2023-24 season, the team will interview potential candidates including one from the Phoenix Suns.

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According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hornets have permission to speak to Suns assistant coach Kevin Young among others.

“The Hornets have secured permission to interview several assistants for [the] franchise’s head coaching opening: Denver’s David Adelman, Sacramento’s Jordi Fernandez, Boston’s Charles Lee and Phoenix’s Kevin Young,” Wojnarowski said. “More candidates are expected to be interviewed.”

Last offseason, Young was a popular commodity as he had interviews for multiple head coaching vacancies last season. The 42-year-old was in consideration for Phoenix’s opening after the firing of Monti Williams, but has remained an assistant with Frank Vogel.

Young has been an assistant in the NBA G League, college basketball and in Ireland as well.

Following a two-season (2014-16) stint as the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers’ G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats, he received his first NBA coaching job as an assistant for Philly.

The Utah native was with the 76ers for four seasons (2016-20) before joining the Suns on Oct. 9, 2020.

Then on June 3, 2023, Young would sign a five-year contract extension worth $10 million by Phoenix, becoming the NBA’s highest-paid assistant.

As for Clifford, there are talks that he will step down as head coach and transition into a front-office role within the Hornets’ organization.

When the latest news on this developing situation breaks, stay up-to-date with Burn City Sports.

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Reporter Alec Cipollini covers Phoenix Sports News for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account, @AlecCipollini

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