The Phoenix Suns are beginning to search for a new head coach with a few weeks remaining in the regular season.

Jay Triano has been serving as interim head coach and will be considered for the permanent job. Triano replaced Earl Watson after three games this season.

The Suns want to start early on their search as there is expected to be several openings in the offseason.

"This is going to be a competitive marketplace," Ryan McDonough told ESPN. "There are three of us (Phoenix, Milwaukee and Memphis) with interim coaches in place, and we want to be able to hit the ground running. We don't want to have to wait until the end of the regular season for candidates who aren't with teams now. At the end of the regular season, we'll be able to talk with coaches on non-playoff teams and we'll need to work with playoff teams on what their approach will be on contacting (assistant) coaches still in the postseason."