List of familiar faces on Phoenix Suns just got longer for Goran Dragic after coaching hire

In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Slovenia coach Igor Kokoskov applauds during the Eurobasket European Basketball Championship final against Serbia in Istanbul. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

MIAMI — Whenever Heat point guard Goran Dragic faces the Suns, he’s reunited with plenty of familiar faces after spending six seasons with the organization.

But his list of connections just got longer after Phoenix hired Igor Kokoskov as its head coach on Wednesday. Kokoskov was the head coach of the Slovenian national team last summer when the small country won the EuroBasket tournament championship behind the play of Dragic.

Kokoskov, a native of Serbia, coached the Slovenian national team in 2016 and 2017. He became the first European-born assistant in the NBA, with the Clippers in 2000, and is currently serving as an assistant with the Jazz.

“Congrats to Igor Kokoškov well deserved, great coach !!!! Good luck @Suns,” Dragic tweeted Wednesday night.

And the Suns could add another Dragic connection in this year’s NBA draft. Phoenix, which finished with the league’s worst record, will have a chance to draft coveted Slovenian prospect Luka Doncic — a projected top-five pick.

Is this all leading up to a Dragic-Suns reunion? Not necessarily, because a 31-year-old point guard who turns 32 on Sunday doesn’t make a lot of sense for a rebuilding franchise.

But when Dragic becomes a free agent in the 2020 offseason, the Suns will be an attractive option for him if Kokoskov is still the coach and an even more attractive option if Doncic is on the roster.

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