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Report: Suns waiting to pick GM because they want Grant Hill to take job

May 7, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

Grant Hill Clippers AP

This would be a very Suns thing to do: Look past the guys who have worked hard in this role to earn the job and give it to the name guy you like who has no experience.

The Phoenix Suns are in the process of hiring a new general manager for a team that needs a vision for their rebuild since firing Lance Blanks after the season. They have interviewed two guys according to the Arizona Republic: Bucks assistant GM Jeff Weltman and Celtics assistant GM Ryan McDonough.

So what’s holding up the choice? They are waiting for Grant Hill to decide if he wants to play or to take the job, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Take a sourced rumor like this with a grain of salt, but it’s also certainly not impossible.

Hill is a smart player, no doubt. One beloved by many in Phoenix. He could be really great team executive some day, he has the mind for it and he knows the game.

But if former agent and now Team President Lon Babby and owner Robert Sarver are willing to hand over control of the team to a guy who has no front office experience… that would just be very Suns. Being a GM has a lot of nuances that need to be learned through experience — like any tough job. You don’t walk in off the street and just do it.

Why not hire Weltman or McDonough and have Hill work under them for a few years to learn the job?

Well, because they are the Suns. That’s why.

  1. dangernearing - May 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    So, Charles Barkley was right? They didnt wanna pay him to do the job. Which would be equally as bad hire, imho. But then again stopping the revolving door of failed GMs would be nice.They’re available because they aren’t good.

  2. asimonetti88 - May 7, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    “Why not hire Weltman or McDonough and have Hill work under them for a few years to learn the job?”

    Because Sarver is too cheap to pay two people when he can just get one that will come at a discounted price.

  3. 78deville - May 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Grant Hill drinks Sprite!

    #90sReferences

  4. phx1311 - May 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    I love grant hill and I love my suns so all I can do is laugh and agree it’s a very Suns thing to do.

  5. dopekidz83 - May 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Suns just hired Ryan McDonough

  6. bux1022 - May 7, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Great reporting as usual!

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