Phoenix Suns assistant head coach Kevin Young will remain with the franchise on a new deal worth more than $2 million a year that will make him the NBA’s highest-paid assistant coach, sources told ESPN on Saturday .
The Suns were determined to keep Young on new coach Frank Vogel’s team and made a significant commitment to keep him from succeeding former coach Monty Williams to the Detroit Pistons, sources said.
Young has emerged as one of the top assistant coaches in the league and was one of three finalists for the job, which Vogel eventually got on Friday. Young has a close relationship with Suns star Devin Booker and had great support within the organization to hold on to Vogel.
Vogel signs a five-year deal to become the franchise’s new head coach.
Young spent eight years coaching in the G League — including as head coaches at the Utah Flash, Iowa Energy and Delaware 87ers — and this year gained momentum as a head coach candidate at openings including the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets and Suns. Young has interviewed for head coaching jobs with the Sixers, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards in recent seasons.