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The Phoenix Suns have fired general manager Ryan McDonough, the team announced in a news release that stunned the NBA on Monday.
“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.
“On behalf of the entire organization, I want to thank Ryan for his efforts and contributions during his five-plus years with the Suns. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”
Suns vice president of basketball operations and former NBA shooting guard James Jones, and assistant GM Trevor Bukstein will serve as interim co-general managers.
The Suns open the season at home a week from Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks.
McDonough, 37, was one of the NBA’s youngest general managers and was hired by the Suns in 2013 after 10 years in the front office with the Boston Celtics.
He is the son is the son of late Boston Globe sportswriter Will McDonough, as well as the brother of ESPN sportscaster and former Boston Red Sox sportscaster Sean McDonough and current Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.
The Suns held the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft in June and selected former Arizona center Deandre Ayton. McDonough recently pulled off a trade with the Houston Rockets, in which the Suns acquired forward Ryan Anderson and rookie guard De’Anthony Melton for guard Brandon Knight and forward Marquese Chriss.