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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 21:06

Celtics' assistant GM McDonough hired by Suns

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BOSTON-- According to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of YahooSports.com, Celtics assistant general manager Ryan McDonough has been hired by the Phoenix Suns to serve the role of general manager.Wojnarowski tweeted the following earlier today.

“Phoenix has hired Celtics assistant GM Ryan McDonough as its new general manager.”

As a report from CBSSports.com notes, he played a big part in Boston’s drafting of superstar Rajon Rondo and rising star Avery Bradley.

McDonough is 33 years old, and as noted, he could contribute to a youth movement in Phoenix. The Suns have over $48 million in cap space this year while in 2014-15, they have only $22 million available, quite a drop in just a year.

For the Suns, this may mean a few things. For one, a good strategy would be to identify their assets. Point guard Goran Dragic is an example. He led the team in points (14.7), assists (7.4), and steals (1.6) He has four years left on his current deal, and in 2013 his base salary was $7.5 million. Given the Suns salary cap, he does not exactly come cheap, but as he showed this year, he can be a tremendous help to the organization.

Another player that may play a very big role in Phoenix’s future is Marcin Gortat. He has two years remaining on his current deal and his base salary was $7,258,960 in 2013. He led the team in rebounds (8.5) and blocks (1.6) and at 6-11, he is a force inside. Those are just two of the many Suns players that could advance into the future with McDonough. The following is from the Suns press release.

"The Phoenix Suns have named Ryan McDonough the team's general manager, it was announced today. He will be introduced in a press conference on Thursday, May 9, at US Airways Center.


“Ryan distinguished himself among an impressive group of candidates for our GM position,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “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.”


The 33-year-old McDonough is considered one of the game's brightest young minds, who combines a tireless work ethic with an expertise in player evaluation honed over the past 10 years at virtually every level of an NBA franchise's basketball operations.


McDonough joins the Suns after most recently serving the past three seasons as the assistant general manager of the Boston Celtics, where he assisted Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge on all basketball-related matters, while being principally responsible for the draft evaluation of college and international players. He combines the experience of nearly a decade of in-person scouting of prospects across the globe with an understanding of advanced metrics and statistical analysis. During his tenure with the Celtics, Boston made two appearances in the NBA Finals, and claimed the 2008 title.


McDonough joined the Celtics front office in 2003 as a 23-year-old special assistant to basketball operations, rapidly moving up the team's ranks with increased responsibility at each stop, always with an emphasis in talent evaluation. He spent four seasons as a special assistant, a role that included a great deal of video scouting work (2003-07), one season as director of amateur scouting (2007-08), one season as director of international scouting (2008-09), and two seasons as director of player personnel (2008-10) before his promotion to assistant general manager in Sept. 2010."

This is a great hire by the Suns as they have gotten a shrewd basketball man who knows what it takes to build a winning team. His future is very bright and no one can deny the impact he made on the Celtics during his time with the team.