HoopsHype Lon Babby rumors

February 26, 2014 Updates

Of course, nobody from the Suns can comment on impending free agents, much less players who haven’t even opted out yet, such as Love or James. But we asked Lon Babby, the club’s president of basketball operations, if he believes the Suns can be a desirable destination for all top free agents again. “I would challenge the premise slightly,” Babby said. “I don’t think we ever lost our status as a destination, because of the history of the franchise, the weather, the medical and training staff. “Those are constants that make it an attractive place. I wouldn’t deny that we have enhanced our position. I think we were always above average. Now I think we’re in the upper echelon because there’s an excitement and a spirit about the atmosphere and the culture here that is palpable.” Arizona Republic

February 13, 2014 Updates

The Suns players and staff get a pick-me-up at every practice and when they walk through the training room. They have been seeing rehabilitating point guard Eric Bledsoe taking shots on the court and running on a treadmill. Friday will mark five weeks since Bledsoe’s right-knee surgery. No timetable for a recovery or return was shared, but many believed he could return not long after the All-Star break. “He’s making good progress on his rehab,” Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. “He’s progressing as expected. We’re still optimistic that he’ll return some time after the All-Star break. “He’s been working diligently with our training staff and the reports are encouraging.” Arizona Republic

February 12, 2014 Updates

As a guest of the Doug and Wolf Show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday as part of Newsmakers Week, Phoenix Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby was asked if the team had seen enough of the guard to know if they are going to match any offer the restricted free agent might receive from another team over the summer. "I think our answer to that is yes, that we know enough about Eric as a player," Babby said. "Even more importantly, we've lived with him now for almost a year as a person. We like everything about him. Like him as a teammate, like him as a representative of our franchise and everything that he stands for. "He's got a tremendous future." Arizona's Sports Page

It's the second time Bledsoe has needed the meniscus in that knee operated on since 2011. "I always feel in these medical situations that we have an extraordinary advantage because of not only the quality of our training staff, led by Aaron Nelson, but also the quality of our medical staff led by Dr. Carter," Babby said. "And if they tell us, as I believe they will, that he's going to have a long and healthy career, then I'm willing to take my chances and I think the whole organization will be willing to take our chances on that. And we know his circumstance better than anyone else would know it. "I think he will be a Phoenix Sun for a long time; that would be my expectation and my hope." Arizona's Sports Page

September 30, 2013 Updates

A new, yet familiar face rejoined the Phoenix Suns Monday. Channing Frye is back, cleared to resume all basketball activities. "After close consultation with our team cardiologist Tim Byrne, doctors at Johns Hopkins, doctors at Columbia; after getting all of that information, Channing was cleared and he's decided he wants to play, and at the end of the day that's the most important thing for him and his family," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. The news comes more than a year (376 days to be exact) after the team announced he would miss the 2012-13 season because of an enlarged heart that had been discovered during a routine physical. "It's been a long year," Frye said at Suns Media Day. "It's been one of the hardest years I've ever had to go through just because I couldn't do anything. I couldn't rehab it. It was something that I just had to sit and wait and heal." Arizona's Sports Page

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An assistant coach with the Utah Jazz, Hornacek met with new Suns general manager Ryan McDonough and president Lon Babby in the past week in Phoenix. No offer has yet been extended to Hornacek, but the Suns' search process could be completed within the next week, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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“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.” NBA.com

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The first step in returning the franchise to its winning ways is hiring a player personnel man to replace Blanks and complement Babby’s skillset. “First and foremost what we need is a first-rate talent evaluator, a chief talent officer if you will,” Babby said. “That will be my focus. Wherever that leads us, that will be the decision we make on the person. That person is going to have the loudest voice on basketball decisions, as has been the case the last three years. We have to get that person right.” NBA.com

April 22, 2013 Updates

The Phoenix Suns today announced that Lance Blanks will no longer serve as the club’s general manager. “Lance has been a trusted friend and colleague,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “I thank him personally and professionally for his hard work on behalf of the Suns. We will continue to prepare for the offseason even as we look for his replacement.” NBA.com

April 10, 2013 Updates

It's safe to say in terms of wins and losses little progress has been made (10-27) since Lindsey Hunter was tagged as the interim head coach back on January 20. So is Hunter a shoe-in to have his tag removed this off-season? "It's a fair question," Suns president Lon Babby told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf Tuesday. "We're in a results business, so you have to look at the results. But I think also in fairness you have to put the results in context where we are in the season and how difficult it is to persevere, which I don't think we've fully done by any stretch of the imagination." When pressed further on whether that meant the organization had already made a decision on Hunter's future, Babby wouldn't commit to anything. "You can interpret (my comments) any way you want," said Babby. "I'm not going to answer one way or the other...there's plenty of time to sort it out and make the right decision and move forward." Arizona's Sports Page

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