Suns GM: Coach, veterans among summer priorities

Former Suns general manager Ryan McDonough says he intends to stay involved in the NBA.

It will be a busy offseason of rebuilding and reshaping and trying to make a run at relevancy for the Phoenix Suns.

That’s the latest from general manager Ryan McDonough, who outlined some summer plans during a Facebook Live interview Monday.

The highlights of McDonough’s chat, via Suns beat reporter Scott Bordow of

1. The Suns will interview several coaches after the season, including interim man Jay Triano. McDonough said some college coaches could also be in the mix.

2. One league source said don’t be surprised if Nevada coach Eric Mussleman becomes a candidate. Musselman hjas turned around the Wolfpack and fared well with not much as an NBA coach of the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and Sacramento Kings (2006-07). But all of that is probably a long ways away.

3. McDonough also indicated he would like to add some older players to help offset and guide all the youth. The Suns may turn to free agency, but could also go the trade route.

4. Along with that, the Suns could exploring using their first-round picks from the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks to acquire more assets or move up in the draft. McDonough referred to the possibility as “asset consolidation.”

5. Finally, McDonough said the Suns view center as slightly more important than point guard when it comes to the draft. As Bordow noted, “if Phoenix gets No. 1 pick, (Arizona 7-footer) DeAndre Ayton could very well be the guy.” The Suns had the second-worst record entering Monday night.