The Phoenix Suns are hoping a return of Jeff Hornacek will help them rebound from the second-worst season in franchise history.
Jeff Hornacek, working the sidelines for the Jazz in March 2012, has been on the Utah coaching staff since 2007.
Phoenix and the former Suns and Utah Jazz shooting guard have entered into negotiations toward reaching a deal to install him as the new head coach, according to several reports.
Hornacek, a 14-year former NBA veteran, has been on the Utah coaching staff as an assistant since 2007. The 50-year-old has also interviewed for the vacant Charlotte Bobcats head coaching job.
He 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. It was also his final season in Phoenix as he was traded before the following season to the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal that brought Charles Barkley to the Suns.
The Suns are coming off 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.
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.
The Suns dismissed general manager Lance Blanks last month. Blanks had served as general manager since August 2010.