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?