Suns launching search for new general manager

Suns co-interim general manager James Jones could be up for the job on a full-time basis.

The Phoenix Suns have begun their search for full-time general manager, according to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports.

Former GM Ryan McDonough was fired a week before the season and James Jones and Trevor Bukstein have been serving as co-interim GM since then. Per Gambadoro, Jones and Burksten could remain with the franchise even if they don’t land the full-time GM job.

“This is an organization that is in a spiral in almost every way,” NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said on ESPN. “It is a concern for the NBA. Owner Robert Sarver has not seemed to learn a lot of lessons throughout the years about his management style, his hands-on nature and his ability to put an infrastructure in place and allow it to build an organization.”

The Suns (12-50) finished with the league’s worst record last season and appear to be on their way again this year. They selected center Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2018.

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.