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Posted: Saturday, February 14, 2009 7:43 pm | Updated: 2:28 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Terry Porter's days as Suns coach appear to be numbered. Reached Saturday night, general manager Steve Kerr did not shoot down reports that Porter would be fired on Monday.

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"We've got a lot of stuff to deal with, a lot to contemplate," Kerr said as he watched the proceedings at All-Star Saturday night.

Kerr also clarified a comment he made Friday morning, when he labeled as "totally false," a New York Post story saying Porter would be fired.

"I was asked if I would be the coach," Kerr said. "That's totally false."

Porter has been on shaky ground the last couple of weeks. The Suns were 6-10 in their final 16 games before the All-Star break and, at 29-23, are in ninth place in the Western Conference.

A team source said Saturday that if Porter is fired, lead assistant Alvin Gentry likely would be his replacement.

Porter signed a three-year deal, but the third year isn't guaranteed, so the Suns would have to pay him about $2 million in remaining salary.

Any announcement wouldn't come until Monday because the NBA doesn't want the Suns to proceed while they're hosting All-Star weekend.

Porter was hired to instill a more defensive-minded approach, but the players, including point guard Steve Nash, never bought into his system.

Porter recently loosened the reins, allowing Nash to dictate the game's pace, but even as his job status became an issue, none of the players spoke up on his behalf until Shaquille O'Neal said Porter deserved to stay during Friday's All-Star media session.

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