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Kokoskov hired as Cavs assistant

By Sam Amico

CLEVELAND – Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown has hired Igor Kokoskov as an assistant, according to a report in the Arizona Republic.

Kokoskov had been an assistant with the Phoenix Suns since 2008. He has also coached the Georgian national team.

The Suns fired Alvin Gentry this past season, replacing him with interim coach Lindsey Hunter. Kokoskov remained on the staff.

“He was a well-liked coach, a trusted tactician for Gentry and a key mentor for Goran Dragic’s development in two Phoenix stints,” according to the Arizona Republic.

“Kokoskov became the lead assistant when Hunter took over in February and was the team’s unofficial offensive coordinator, drawing up plays in huddles and helping run practices.”

Kokoskov is a native of Serbia and became a U.S. citizen in 2010.

He brings Brown’s assistant staff to three. The Cavs hired former Los Angeles Lakers assistant Phil Handy a few weeks ago, and Jamahl Mosley remains from the Byron Scott regime.

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