HoopsHype Lon Babby rumors

July 30, 2012 Updates

"The Suns and the Lakers have competed in the same division and conference for a long time," Sarver said. "But I think we're at different stages right now in terms of the two teams. At the end of the day, this just gave us the best option for assets, too, and from a basketball standpoint, if you kind of take the emotion out, it was the best thing for the Suns, for the franchise. I think we've shown in the last couple of years that drafting is one of our strengths, so it kind of played into our strengths. It's one of the things we definitely have to use to move our franchise forward, especially with the new rules with the new CBA." NBA.com

"People ask me whether it was a financial decision," Babby said. "I would say the answer was no. Because we had to get younger. We had to get more athletic. That great era had pretty much run its course, and if Steve was going to stay we would have to have a high-end backup or a borderline starter, because he was going to be 39, then 40." NBA.com

The transaction flurry that has defined the Suns this month has not included a contract extension for head coach Alvin Gentry. And that's not a surprise. We were escorted to the acceptance porch of this reality during Lon Babby's preamble-to-summer press conference back in June. "My view is if a person has a three-year contract, you assess it at the end of three years," the Suns' president of basketball operations said when asked about Gentry's status with the final year of his deal approaching. "That's how I'm going to be judged. I've talked to Alvin, and he's perfectly fine with that, and you know, there are a lot of very successful coaches in the league right now coaching in the final year of their contract. "This notion that you always have to be one year ahead, I don't think it's in his best interest, I don't think it's in our best interest ... but it has absolutely nothing to do with an assessment of his coaching ability or his performance. He understands that. He's our coach." Fox Sports Arizona

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"After visiting the Suns, the impression the organization made on me was incredible," Gordon said in a prepared statement. "Mr. Sarver, Lon Babby, Lance Blanks, the front office staff and Coach Gentry run a first-class organization, and I strongly feel they are the right franchise for me. Phoenix is just where my heart is now." Arizona Republic

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The Suns are getting some interest in Lopez but Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said the team intends to retain Lopez because of his youth and the team’s need for rim protectors. As for Brooks, the Suns already have Sebastian Telfair returning and could be doing one or two of the following things at that position – re-signing Steve Nash, drafting Marshall or signing a free agent point guard like well-traveled Raymond Felton or former Suns favorite Goran Dragic. Arizona Republic

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Lon Babby was on the Doug and Wolf Show Wednesday afternoon and of course, the primary topic of discussion was the NBA Trade Deadline. In case you've been living under a rock, the deadline is Thursday, March 15 at 3pm ET. Nothing has changed on the Steve Nash trade front and it seems like the rest of the league has got that message. As for other deals, here's what Babby said: "We're working the phones constantly just to make sure that we've left no stone un-turned. But if you asked me for a prediction, I'd say there's nothing even remotely close to doing right now so it would have to be something that kind of fell out of the sky in the final 12 or 24 hours." And in summation he surmised, "I would anticipate that we would not do anything." Bright Side of the Sun

December 23, 2011 Updates

The Suns bought out Pietrus' contract, paying him about $4.2 million of his $5.3 million salary. Once he clears waivers, Pietrus can pick from a group of other interested teams, led by Boston, to make up the difference. "Both Mickael and us realized it'd be beneficial for both parties to party ways," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. "There's an expression that, 'All's well that ends well.' In this case, all's well that ends." Arizona Republic

December 17, 2011 Updates

Nash keeps repeating that he wants to stay with the Suns this season for better or worse. Beyond that, Nash is ineligible for a contract extension until July but was assured that the team wants him to remain in its long-term future. "I've met with him and he knows he's welcome to stay here as long as he wants," said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby, comparing it with how Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson remained in Detroit and Los Angeles, respectively. "The opportunity is available to him." Arizona Republic

September 10, 2011 Updates

Suns President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Welts came to work Friday to tell team employees, many of whom he has worked alongside for nine years, that he is leaving them. Already mired in a league lockout, Suns employees did not need this news about their beloved boss but they helped to ease Welts' anxiousness about the move. As Welts revealed plans to leave by Sept. 15, he was joined in Managing Partner Robert Sarver's office by Sarver, Vice Chairman Sam Garvin, President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby - and good cheer. Arizona Republic

He wanted to shoot down any notion that he was being pushed out the door by the Suns, praising the support he has received from team owner Robert Sarver. "I think amicable is probably an understatement," Welts said of his leaving the franchise. He said both he and Sarver were concerned that some might have a misperception that, because of the timing, the Suns wanted him to leave. "Nothing could be further from the truth," Welts said. "From the time I made my announcement in May, the Suns, and Robert in particular, have been unbelievably supportive." He said that he and Sarver had just spoke again by telephone to thank each other. ESPN.com

Sarver said in a news release that the business side of the organization will report to general counsel Jason Rowley as the team searches for a new president. Sarver thanked Welts for "his tireless work on behalf of the Suns." Lon Babby remains the Suns' president of basketball operations. ESPN.com

The Suns are promoting General Counsel Jason Rowley to executive vice president to assume Welts' duties on an interim basis. A national search of candidates, including Rowley, will be conducted to fill the spot. Rowley joined the Suns in 2008 and represented Sarver's purchase of the Suns in 2004. "He's got a breadth of knowledge of business," Babby said of Rowley. "He's a problem solver and that's a big asset for someone in that position." Arizona Republic

July 29, 2011 Updates

Babby and other team officials have examined the history of teams that, like the Suns, stalled at the conference-finals level and then had to decide whether to keep their core players together or tear up the roster. What they discovered: Teams that embarked on a massive rebuilding project took an average of 10 years to get back to the conference finals. "And there's a lot of pain that goes into it," Babby said. "You're putting yourself in the hands of ping pong balls." Arizona Republic

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