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Suns hire Porter to replace D’Antoni

June 8, 2008

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— Terry Porter will be the Phoenix Suns' next coach, ending the club's monthlong search for a successor to Mike D'Antoni.

Phoenix general manager Steve Kerr said Saturday he had agreed to terms with Porter, who was an assistant with the Detroit Pistons. The 45-year-old Porter played in the NBA for 17 seasons and teamed with Kerr in San Antonio.

Porter is expected to sign a three-year deal worth about $7 million, and he likely will be introduced at a news conference early this week.

Porter emerged from an extensive list of candidates interviewed by the Suns. Last week, Kerr said the list had been pared to four - Porter and assistants Elston Turner of Houston, Tyrone Corbin of Utah and Mike Budenholzer of San Antonio. Porter was the only one with head-coaching experience, with two seasons at the helm of the Milwaukee Bucks.

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