Suns target Cavaliers assistant GM Lance Blanks

Cleveland Cavaliers assistant GM Lance Blanks

After losing out on Dell Demps and getting turned down by Jeff Weltman, the Phoenix Suns have now targeted Cleveland Cavaliers assistant general manager Lance Blanks for their vacant GM post.

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Blanks will interview with the Suns Friday. The Cavs executive got bumped up when former GM Danny Ferry left the organization pre-LeBacle. The report states that the 43-year-old Blanks is highly valued by Cleveland GM Chris Grant, which could make prying him away a bit tougher.

As the report notes,  candidates have been hesitant about the Suns’ job because it may come with limited power due to the very involved nature of owner Robert Sarver and the newly anointed president of basketball operations Lon Babby.

Demps, a former Spurs executive, turned down the Suns’ hard push to take the same job with the New Orleans Hornets, and Weltman — the Milwaukee Bucks’ assistant GM — decided to stay in Wisconsin.

Blanks played for the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves in the early 1990s before taking on a scouting role with the San Antonio Spurs. He became director of scouting for the team and also served as a TV analyst before leaving to join the Cavaliers in 2005.

Sarver has to be a better/more stable owner than Dan Gilbert, right?

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers Lance Blanks Lon Babby Phoenix Suns

  • Jake

    OMG…He used to be a scout for the spurs. Why does Phoenix always become interested in players and staff that have affiliations with the Spurs? C’mon Suns, you’ve finally beaten the Spurs in the playoffs so there’s no need to look for people that have Spurs relations. Seriously, Suns should just rename themselves Spurs 2 at this point, because I always see that the Suns are interested in people that have had some association with the Spurs.

  • Bob

    Well he is what we’re looking for. Guy who can evaluate talent. Scouts/analysts do just that.

  • Mel.

    Man, poor Cleveland. The only positive about the entire strip-mining that their organization has been put through in the off-season is the fact that it wasn't made worse by winding up with Sasha Vujacic on their roster.

  • Jay

    Its not that were always looking for affiliations with the spurs. Its a small league [only 32 teams]. Everyone has affiliations with every team. However, if he use to be a scout for the spurs; that is a good thing for us. The spurs always have a great scouting staff. So I would not mind him coming to us. Point blank, if you work with the spurs, your pretty good at what you do.

  • Steve

    I agree with Jay and Mel (about Vujacic. Remember, Cleveland, it COULD be worse).

  • Vee

    This guy is intelligent and I think he would be an asset to the Phoenix club!