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Kahleah Copper: Sky will hire new coach, GM after playoff exit

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The Chicago Sky will have a separate head coach and general manager moving forward, according to Kahleah Copper.

Copper revealed that the team will “for sure” separate the roles moving forward during her exit interview on Monday. Previously, the Sky had been the only WNBA franchise left with a dual head coach and general manager role with James Wade.

“I know for sure the positions are going to be separate,” Copper said. “Which is great.”

Wade left for the Toronto Raptors midway through the season, and Emre Vatansever took over both head coaching and general manager positions in the interim. He led the team to an 11-13 record to close the regular season. The team lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Las Vegas Aces.

Following that loss, Vatansever said he would “absolutely” like to return as the team’s coach.

“I would love to be here,” Vatansever said. “But everything has to fall into place, like getting players and being on the same page. I fell into this situation during the middle of the season. What I was trying to do was get this ship going and do the right things to make the playoffs.”

Sky CEO Adam Fox told the Chicago Sun-Times that there isn’t a timeline for filling either position. Instead, he said that the team is looking to “make the most informed decision possible” in order to have the right people in place.

When asked about hiring Vatansever on a full-time basis, Fox noted that the team is “considering every option.”

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure we’re putting our organization in the best position to be successful,” he said.