The decision has been made! Former Boston Celtics assistant general manager has been named as the new GM for your Phoenix Suns!
“Ryan distinguished himself among an impressive group of candidates for our GM position,” Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said in a statement. “His natural leadership and communication skills will serve the Suns well. And, his prodigious work ethic and ability to identify talent will enable us to take full advantage of the 10 draft choices, including six in the first round, that we have over the next three years. We welcome his championship pedigree to our organization.”
McDonough is relatively young as he’s only 33-years of age however he’s been working in the NBA since 2003. He is also a Boston area native who began his career in the NBA front-office by working in the Celtics’ video department then went on to do some scouting work for the Celtics before becoming an assistant GM.
McDonough has been known for his hard work in the office and played a huge role for the Celtics 2006 draft-day trade with the Suns that brought Rajon Rondo to Boston.
Celtics GM Danny Ainge had this to say about McDonough: “He’s been a guy I’ve heavily relied on over the last handful of years & I’m excited for him to get an opportunity.”
Now that the Suns have their GM in place, their coaching search will officially begin. The Suns are likely to name a new head coach before the NBA draft combine which is in less than two weeks.