By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Phoenix Suns have fired general manager Ryan McDonough. The 37-year-old had been with the team since 2013.
He will be replaced by Vice President of Basketball Operations James Jones and Assistant General Manager Trevor Bukstein on an interim basis. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Kevin McHale is a candidate for the long-term position.
Jones will still manage the basketball operations that will oversee the coaches, players, and staff. Bukstein will be the person for player transactions.
“After much thought and a long evaluation of our basketball operations, I have decided to relieve Ryan McDonough of his duties as general manager of the Phoenix Suns,” Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver said in a statement. “Our focus in the short term is to prepare for the upcoming NBA season and to continue pursuing opportunities to strengthen our roster. Over the course of the season, we will explore both internal and external options as we look to restructure our basketball front office leadership.
“On behalf of the entire organization, I want to thank Ryan for his efforts and contributions during his five-plus years with the Suns. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”
A search for a permanent replacement will take place immediately.
The Suns open their season on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at 10:30 pm at home against the Dallas Mavericks. Phoenix has a young core, including the No. 1 overall pick in June’s NBA draft, in Deandre Ayton, along with Devin Booker.
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