Mercury coach Westhead mulling offer from NBA's Sonics

Updated: September 17, 2007, 12:59 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Paul Westhead, who coached the Phoenix Mercury to WNBA title on Sunday, is pondering leaving the team to take an assistant coaching position with the Seattle SuperSonics.

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"I'm going to go home and think it out," Westhead said Sunday, according to the Arizona Republic.

Westhead, who coached the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets in the NBA, has been a friend of new Sonics coach P.J. Carlesimo for three decades. The Sonics called Westhead several weeks ago about the job, Westhead said. He added that he'd told Phoenix management and his players about the Sonics' interest.

With Sunday's win by the Mercury, Westhead is the only coach to lead an NBA and a WNBA team to titles. He won the 1980 NBA title with the Lakers.

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