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Former NBA shooting guard and current Phoenix Suns front-office executive James Jones is nearing a position as the team’s full-time general manager, according to a report from ESPN.
Jones had been serving as the vice-president of basketball operations under former Suns GM Ryan McDonough, who was fired Monday.
Suns owner Robert Sarver is said to be looking to fill the position quickly, and it appears that Jones may be his man.
Following the dismissal of McDonough and several others in the front office, Jones was named co-GM along with Trevor Bukstein on an interim basis. Buckstein has been serving as an assistant GM.
Jones appeared in seven straight Finals as a sharpshooting wing coming off the bench, first for the Miami Heat, then the Cleveland Cavaliers. He retired in 2017 and hired by the Suns shortly thereafter.
Playing alongside superstar LeBron James, Jones made a name for himself by hitting crucial perimeter shots in meaningful moments. He won two championships with the Heat and another with the Cavaliers — the franchise’s first in 2016.
“Jones’ management experience began during the latter stages of his playing career, when he served as secretary-treasurer of the NBA players association and helped develop the league’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement,”
Since the end of last season, the Suns have hired Igor Kokoskov as head coach, drafted Deandre Ayton with the first overall draft pick, traded for forward Ryan Anderson and fired McDonough.
They open the season a week from Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks.