BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Joe Prunty of the Milwaukee Bucks looks on during the third quarter of Game One of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics during at TD Garden on April 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE -- A report says that the man who piloted the ship for the Milwaukee Bucks for the second half of 2017-18 will be the lead assistant for another team.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that the Phoenix Suns are hiring Joe Prunty as their lead assistant coach.
Prunty directed the Bucks to the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference during his time taking over coaching duties for fired head coach Jason Kidd.
Prunty's Bucks reached the 7th game of the Eastern Conference first-round series against Boston before falling.
The Bucks gave Prunty an opportunity in the hiring process for a new coach, but chose Mike Budenholzer instead.
Budenholzer expressed openness to discussing an opportunity in Milwaukee with Prunty, but also expressed interesting in bringing some from his former staff from Atlanta to the Bucks.