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Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham has reportedly turned down an assistant coaching position with the Phoenix Suns.

Following his dismissal from the Lakers after two seasons, Ham was approached by Suns new head coach Mike Budenholzer to join his coaching staff. Ham served as Budenholzer’s assistant in Milwaukee.

However, Ham opted to decline the offer, citing his desire for a break after two demanding seasons with the Lakers.

According to sources, Ham’s decision is understandable given the challenges he faced during his tenure with the Lakers.

Marc Stein reported on Substack that Budenholzer made a concerted effort to recruit Ham, recognizing his coaching acumen and experience.

Despite the opportunity to work alongside Budenholzer in Phoenix, Ham ultimately decided to take a step back from coaching for the time being.

Ham’s tenure with the Lakers was marked by ups and downs, and it appears he is taking some time to evaluate his options before committing to his next coaching role.