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Suns name Ryan McDonough as team’s new GM

May 7, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

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The Suns have named Ryan McDonough as the team’s new general manager, the club announced on Tuesday. McDonough, 33, served as assistant general manager for the Boston Celtics for the past three seasons.

“Ryan distinguished himself among an impressive group of candidates for our GM position,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby.  “His natural leadership and communication skills will serve the Suns well. And, his prodigious work ethic and ability to identify talent will enable us to take full advantage of the 10 draft choices, including six in the first round, that we have over the next three years.  We welcome his championship pedigree to our organization.”

The hiring comes just two weeks after the Suns parted ways with former GM Lance Blanks, and the quick turnaround was necessary considering the importance of both the upcoming NBA draft, as well as the need to address the interim head coaching status of Lindsey Hunter.

It’s more than likely that McDonough will want to enter his era with the Suns with a head coach that he picked personally, and one who shares his philosophy.

McDonough has spent 10 years working at various roles within the Celtics’ front office, which included four seasons as a special assistant, one season as director of amateur scouting, one season as director of international scouting, and two seasons as director of player personnel before his promotion to assistant general manager in September of 2010.

Phoenix is in need of someone with a long-term vision for the future of the franchise who will put in the multiple years of work necessary to rebuild it to the level of a contender’s status. McDonough appears to have all of the qualifications, and with youth on his side and a four-year contract to get started (as reported by John Gambodoro of KTAR), the Suns seem to have made an excellent choice.

  1. biasedhomer - May 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    So that Grant Hill rumor was bogus

    • patfic15 - May 7, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Yep. I think journalistic pride would’ve prompted me to hold this story….but then again I’d probably proofread my work, too….which rarely happens here.

      • asimonetti88 - May 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM

        This is an aggregate blog. They post news stories from other sources. They don’t break their own news, they aren’t even technically “journalists” but rather bloggers. If you’re looking for originally sourced news, frequent the sites they link to.

  2. larryfitzgerald4mvp - May 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Wonder if Kurt wants to take back any of his uncalled for criticism of the Suns from the Grant Hill story?

    Just because they chose an inexperienced candidate one time does not mean that defines the organization or its history. Kurt should’ve done some research before making such idiotic comments.

    FWIW, I like the McDonough hire.

    • Kurt Helin - May 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      They made a good hire. That’s a start.

  3. phx1311 - May 7, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Grant said no so they went with the backup guy with experience.

  4. southpaw77 - May 7, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    What does it matter when the owner is a cheap bum and wont pay for draft picks.
    Rondo, Deng, Nate Robinson are among the many they drafted and traded or drafted and barely played, then were traded.

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