Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/7/13

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 22: Rajon Rondo #4 of Kentucky shoots the ball around the reach of Glen Davis #34 of LSU during the game on January 22, 2005 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 89-58. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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From Rajon Rondo and Glen Davis to Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger, the Celtics had a key player behind the scenes aiding their player evaluation efforts. That man, Ryan McDonough, will no longer be working toward bringing an 18th championship banner to Boston. The 33-year-old was named general manager of the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, making the Hingham, Mass., native one of the youngest GMs in the NBA. (Orlando’s Rob Hennigan, also a Massachusetts native, is the youngest, hired last June at age 30.) McDonough takes over one of the most challenging jobs in the league: rebuilding a once-proud franchise that has fallen into disarray in recent years. The Suns were the worst team in the Western Conference this season with a record of 25-57.

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