Suns’ firings in front office also included G-League GM

Robert Sarver has owned the Suns since 2004.

Along with general manager Ryan McDonough, the Phoenix Suns fired Louis Lehman, GM of the team’s G-League affiliate, as well as assistant GM Pat Connelly and director of scouting Courtney Witte on Monday, according to a report from 2 Ways & 10 Days.

The team only announced that McDonough had been fired, and replaced with vice president of basketball operations James Jones and assistant GM Trevor Bukstein.

Jones will now oversee basketball operations in relation to coaches, player and staff, per the Suns. Bukstein has become the main contact in terms of free agency and trades.

The Suns have not named replacements for Lehman, Connelly or White.

Since the end of last season, the Suns hired Igor Kokoskov as head coach, drafted former Arizona center Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick, and traded for former Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson.

“After much thought and a long evaluation of our basketball operations, I have decided to relieve Ryan McDonough of his duties as general manager of the Phoenix Suns,” Suns owner Robert Sarver said in announcing the decision.

“Our focus in the short term is to prepare for the upcoming NBA season and to continue pursuing opportunities to strengthen our roster. Over the course of the season, we will explore both internal and external options as we look to restructure our basketball front office leadership.”

The Suns open the season a week from Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks.

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