By: Tom McDermott
With a little over a week to go before the start of the 2018-2019 NBA season, the Phoenix Suns made the decision to fire general manager Ryan McDonough. The team did have a very poor 37.8% winning percentage under his management, according to ESPN. Despite this, it is a very curious decision to fire a general manager before the season begins. What makes this firing so peculiar is the rebuilding efforts he has brought this team through. McDonough drafter players like Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Josh Jackson. This young core paired with other top talents, was starting to look like a team that could compete in the near future.
The Suns are expected to take their time while searching for the full-time replacement GM. In the meantime, they will service the position on an interim basis with James Jones and Trevor Bukstein according to Marc Spears. In the offseason the Suns announced Igor Kokoskov as their next head coach, making the timing of this move even more strange. Why would a team have a general manager assist in the search of the new coach if the team had plans to release him later on? Regardless, the next GM of the Suns will be inheriting a talented young core that is just a few pieces away from playoff contention in the next two to three years. It will be interesting to see where the Suns go with their next GM to complete this slow rebuild.
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