The Phoenix Suns will name player agent Lon Babby president of basketball operations sometime next week, according to a Tuesday report.
Sports 620 KTAR’s John Gambadoro reported on Twitter that Babby will be named to the post and will oversee the hiring of a general manager. Reports of Babby’s front-runner status began to surface last week, but those reports had Babby pegged as a candidate for the GM job.
Babby has never worked for an NBA team, so the move would be unconventional. Babby has, however, made the rounds in the NBA with high profile talent like Tim Duncan, Ray Allen and the Suns’s own Grant Hill. Babby is also the agent for soon-to-be-Sun Hedo Turkoglu and was Josh Childress’ agent earlier in his career. The Babby connection has been speculated as a driving force in making the Turkoglu and Childress moves happen.