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NBA Has Only Hired Two Former Players For Past 15 GM Vacancies

The NBA has moved away from hiring former players as general managers as the salary cap has become more complicated and more important in managing player personnel. Two of the past 15 additions of a top front office position went to former NBA players, with three leaving the league in the process (Otis Smith in Orlando, Lance Blanks in Phoenix and Geoff Petrie in Sacramento). "...
Via RealGM
September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

What are Suns' best options in wide-open draft?

For fans of the Phoenix Suns, most of the offseason dominoes have fallen. They may not all have fallen in the preferred way, but they have fallen. Ryan McDonough was hired to replace Lance Blanks as general manager. Seeded fourth for the lottery, the Suns dropped to fifth in the NBA Draft. And, in a move that seemed to provoke the most positive karma around town, Jeff Hornacek was...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns add two key members to front office

McDonough continues to add members to his front office. (@ray_telles, Twitter) While the bringing in of Jeff Hornacek as head coach may be grabbing all the headlines, the Suns continued to revamp their front office on Monday with the hires of Ronnie Lester and Pat Connelly to unspecified roles. In his introductory press conference, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough expressed the...
Via One is the Loneliest Number
May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Bucks' Weltman not named new Suns general manager

The Phoenix Suns have decided on their next general manager, and it isn't Bucks assistant general manager Jeff Weltman. A finalist for the job, Weltman lost out to 33-year-old Celtics assistant general manager Ryan McDonough. Weltman was a finalist for the Suns' general manager job in 2010, but Lance Blanks was hired instead. Weltman, 48, will instead return to Milwaukee...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns hire McDonough as next GM

The Phoenix Suns have hired Ryan McDonough as their new general manager. He replaces Lance Blanks, who was fired on April 22 after failing to make the playoffs the past three seasons. The 33-year-old McDonough spent the previous 10 seasons with the Boston Celtics, including the past three as assistant general manager. As assistant GM, he worked with president of basketball operations...
Via Fox Sports
May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns Hire Ryan McDonough As GM

The Phoenix Suns have hired Ryan McDonough as general manager. McDonough will replace Lance Blanks and will report to Lon Babby. McDonough most recently was assistant general manager of the Boston Celtics. McDonough joined the Celtics in 2003 as a 23-year-old special assistant to basketball operations. McDonough is the son of the late renowned Boston Globe columnist Will McDonough...
Via RealGM
May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns Interested In Grant Hill For GM Job

The Phoenix Suns are interested in hiring Grant Hill to become general manager of the franchise. The Suns fired Lance Blanks at the beginning of their offseason and have narrowed their other candidates down to Ryan McDonough and Jeff Weltman. Hill has yet to decide if he wants to continue his playing career. Hill played five seasons for the Suns before signing with the Los Angeles...
Via RealGM
May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns may be looking in San Antonio for their GM opening

After the Phoenix Suns dismissed Lance Blanks from being the team's general manager, there's been an opening and one that's likely to be filled before the NBA Draft. Banks was a member of the San Antonio Spurs' organization from 2000-2005 where he served as a scout and got promoted to director of scouting. He also served as a television analyst during his last years...
Via Project Spurs
May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Bucks' Weltman a candidate for Suns' GM job

By RANDY HILL FOXSportsArizona.com With Lon Babby and the Phoenix Suns attempting to land a "first-rate talent evaluator," the candidates as expected will include Milwaukee Bucks assistant general manager Jeff Weltman. Babby, the Suns' president of basketball operations, cited the aforementioned evaluation component of the GM job one day after firing Lance Blanks...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
April 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Bucks' Weltman a candidate for Suns' GM job

With Lon Babby and the Phoenix Suns attempting to land a first-rate talent evaluator, the candidates as expected will include Milwaukee Bucks assistant general manager Jeff Weltman. Babby, the Suns president of basketball operations, cited the aforementioned evaluation component of the GM job one day after firing Lance Blanks last week and beginning a search that has included...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Bucks' Weltman a candidate for Suns' GM job

With Lon Babby and the Phoenix Suns attempting to land a first-rate talent evaluator, the candidates as expected will include Milwaukee Bucks assistant general manager Jeff Weltman. Babby, the Suns president of basketball operations, cited the aforementioned evaluation component of the GM job one day after firing Lance Blanks last week and beginning a search that has included...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Jeff Weltman Considered Favorite To Become Suns' GM

Jeff Weltman is considered by many around the NBA to be the frontrunner to replace Lance Blanks as general manager of the Phoenix Suns. Weltman is currently assistant general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks. Lon Babby remains president of the Suns.
Via RealGM
April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns moving in new direction, but which way?

The Phoenix Suns have opted to change course a year after losing Steve Nash and finishing in last place in the Western Conference. The organization has been lost in the woods even in those last years with Nash playing point guard, but moving on and moving forward has been difficult. The organization fired coach Alvin Gentry midway through the season after he went 13-28. Now they...
Via Bloguin Best
April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns moving in new direction, but which way?

The Phoenix Suns have opted to change course a year after losing Steve Nash and finishing in last place in the Western Conference. The organization has been lost in the woods even in those last years with Nash playing point guard, but moving on and moving forward has been difficult. The organization fired coach Alvin Gentry midway through the season after he went 13-28. Now they...
Via Crossover Chronicles
April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns' GM search focuses on talent evaluation

PHOENIX Lon Babby doesnt seem to be a fan of the autopsy press conference. I want to look forward, Babby, president of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns, said in a media gathering one day after general manager Lance Blanks was fired. I want to make sure that what has been historically a great franchise gets even better. So, much like the presser after the Suns parted...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns begin search for next GM

The Phoenix Suns will be looking for the best talent evaluator as their next general manager, no matter how much experience that person has. The Suns parted ways with Lance Blanks on Monday, ending a three-year stint of losing with the former player who had no previous experience as a general manager. President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said on Tuesday that the franchise...
Via AP on Fox
April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns Fire General Manager Lance Blanks

  According to a story via USA Today Sports, the Phoenix Suns have fired their general manager for obvious reasons. The Phoenix Suns have parted ways with general manager Lance Blanks less than three years after his hiring and with one year left on his contract. “Lance has been a trusted friend and colleague,” Suns President Lon Babby said in a news release announcing the break...
Via BlackSportsOnline
April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Phoenix Suns And GM Part Ways

The Suns parted ways with GM Lance Blanks, who has been with the team since 2010, after finishing the the 2012-13 season 25-57, the second-worst record in franchise history – their worst dates back to 1968-69 when they went 16-66. According to the Phoenix Suns: The Phoenix Suns today announced that Lance Blanks will no longer serve as the club’s general manager. “Lance has...
Via Beyond The Buzzer
April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns, GM part ways after second-worst season

The Phoenix Suns parted ways Monday with general manager Lance Blanks after the second-worst season in franchise history, the team said. ''Lance has been a trusted friend and colleague,'' said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. ''I thank him personally and professionally for his hard work on behalf of the Suns. We will continue to prepare...
Via AP on Fox
April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns, GM part ways after second-worst season (Yahoo! Sports)

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns parted ways Monday with general manager Lance Blanks after the second-worst season in franchise history, the team said., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/suns-gm-part-ways-after-secondworst-season-yahoo-sports
Via Juiced Sports Blog
April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Lance Blanks dismissed as Suns' GM

PHOENIX Lance Blanks is out as Suns general manager. The Suns announced Blanks' dismissal Monday in a news release from president of basketball operations Lon Babby. Lance has been a trusted friend and colleague, Babby said. I thank him personally and professionally for his hard work on behalf of the Suns. We will continue to prepare for the offseason even as we look for his...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Lance Blanks Out As Suns' GM

Lance Blanks will no longer serve as general manager of the Suns, with Lon Babby remaining president of basketball operations.
Via RealGM
April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

What happened to the Suns? And what's next?

As the ironic battle cry All For Orange drifts into oblivion, here is what we already know about the Phoenix Suns future: President of basketball operations Lon Babby is back (at least contractually) for two more seasons. The 2013 first-round pick Babby conjured from the Los Angeles Lakers while negotiating Steve Nashs departure will not be located in the lottery. By finishing...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Post-deadline Suns routed, still seeking change

PHOENIX By proving it wasnt nearly as misguided as the national press corps had presumed, the Phoenix Suns front office has survived an important stage in Extreme Planet Orange Makeover. The steadfast avoidance of discarding any first-round draft picks for the honor of employing a disturbingly overpaid player a real double-decker wreck averted made NBA Trade Deadline events easier...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Post-deadline Suns routed, still seeking change

PHOENIX By proving it wasnt nearly as misguided as the national press corps had presumed, the Phoenix Suns front office has survived an important stage in Extreme Planet Orange Makeover. The steadfast avoidance of discarding any first-round draft picks for the honor of employing a disturbingly overpaid player a real double-decker wreck averted made NBA Trade Deadline events easier...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 23, 2013  |  Discuss
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