Suns name Jones permanent GM

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Phoenix Suns have named James Jones their full-time general manager. He had been serving in the role as an interim GM since Oct. 

Jones worked with Trevor Bukstein as the interim GM since Ryan McDonough was fired. Jones oversaw the coaches, players, and staff on an interim basis, while Bukstein oversaw player transactions. 

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“James has demonstrated a remarkable ability to manage the day-to-day efforts of our front office while developing strong relationships with our players, coaches and those across our organization and league,” said Suns managing partner Robert Sarver. “Furthermore, he is instilling the same championship culture and standard that he experienced on multiple occasions as a player. I have the utmost confidence in James as the leader of our basketball operations moving forward, and we are aligned in the ultimate goal of one day bringing an NBA championship to Phoenix.”

Besides hiring Jones as the permanent GM, the team also hired Jeff Bower as the Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations. The team is also keeping Bukstein as Assistant General Manager. 

Jones — who is two years removed from an NBA career — was hired by the Suns as their Vice President of Basketball Operations on July 19, 2017. In his NBA career, he played for the Indiana Pacers, Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

He was a three-time NBA Champion. 

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