NEW YORK, NY — DECEMBER 09: Willie Green appears at the 7th Annual New York City TopSpin Charity … [+] Event at Metropolitan Pavilion on December 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for TopSpin)


With success comes more attention, which is exactly what’s happening for the Phoenix Suns during their deep playoff run. According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, Suns lead assistant Willie Green has interviewed for three head coach openings with the New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, and Washington Wizards.

Green, who played in the NBA from 2003–2015, already has a very successful track record as an assistant coach. After being with the Golden State Warriors working under Steve Kerr, Green joined Monty Williams’ staff in Phoenix when he was hired during the 2019 offseason.

All of the franchises Green has interviewed with were all in the same position as Phoenix two seasons ago. Young cores who are in need of guidance with a true culture-building mentality.

New Orleans has an enticing core led by Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram that would make any coach giddy to lead them. All that’s missing with the Pelicans is stability and internal growth from a young roster.

Orlando is beginning their rebuild officially after toiling around for years in limbo. The Magic dealing Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon at the trade deadline signaled them hitting the restart button, beginning from ground zero. With two top 10 picks in this year’s draft, Green being able to install good habits with an extremely young core could finally lead to stability Orlando has craved for years.

Washington is an interesting fit, because they are in win-now mode with some young pieces flanking the dynamic duo of Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook. Former Wizards head coach Scott Brooks struggled with in-game adjustments during his tenure, but Green might excel there while also connecting more with the locker room. In terms of immediate on-court success, Washington could be the best landing spot for Green.

Overall, wherever Green eventually lands, he’s received rave reviews from Phoenix. The way Green has been able to relate to players, while also keeping them in line with great fundamental tutelage, is a solid base to become a future NBA head coach. Whether Green finds that promotion in 2021 or later on, there’s no doubt Green won’t be in the assistant chair long under Williams.

The Suns’ rapid rise will lead to some franchises trying to poach important pieces away wherever they can. Green could be first in line to see his own work pay off in a massive way very soon.

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