HoopsHype Ryan McDonough rumors

March 16, 2014 Updates

“I was going from a very poor kid to paying all the bills. So, it was a big difference from all angles. I just didn’t know how to handle it. I wish I could turn back the hands of time but I kind of don’t because it wouldn’t have made me into what I am today.” Green remembers the disappointments during his Boston years and had a message for Suns general manager Ryan McDonough, who acquired him from Indiana and was the assistant GM in Boston during his tenure there. “I feel like I let him down the first time,” Green said of McDonough. “I didn’t want to do it again.” Boston Globe

March 14, 2014 Updates
March 2, 2014 Updates

With an exciting, up-tempo brand of basketball, the Suns have fast-tracked their retooling plan under first-year general manager McDonough, the former Celtics executive and son of former Globe sportswriter Will McDonough. On an ESPN college basketball telecast, brother Sean McDonough referred to the Suns as “America’s Team,” a term that made Ryan laugh considering the season’s expectations in October. “Our long-term approach hasn’t changed,” he said. “We’re trying to get great players, through the draft or trade or free agency, but in the short term I think we’re ahead of what most people thought we would be. If we can use things like our cap space to help solidify our team we’ll do that, but at the same time we’re happy with the group we have.” Boston Globe

“The best value in the NBA, in the new [collective bargaining agreement], is a really good player on a rookie-scale contract,” McDonough said. “When we won the championship in Boston in 2008, we had Rajon [Rondo] on his rookie-scale contract. We had Glen Davis, who played a big role for us. Leon Powe played a good-sized role for us. Kendrick Perkins had re-signed and had a good number, so that was important.” The Phoenix equivalent of those players are Dragic, Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris, EricBledsoe, Miles Plumlee, and ex-Celtic Gerald Green. McDonough made the astute hire of former Suns and Jazz standout Jeff Hornacek as coach, although the two had never met before the interview process. Hornacek has made the most of his first NBA head coaching job, galvanizing a bunch of youngsters and journeymen. Boston Globe

February 20, 2014 Updates

McDonough was calling on Wednesday to inform Tucker that he had been fined by the league for his second flopping offense. But Tucker had no way of knowing what the call was about, hence his apprehension once McDonough finally got him on the phone. “I called P.J. and it went to voicemail,” McDonough said, in an interview with Greg Esposito of Suns.com. “I didn’t leave a message, I was just about to text him and ask him to call me back. P.J. called me back — it was about one o’clock [Wednesday] afternoon, so we were about 24 hours before the deadline — and I noticed P.J. was a little short of breath, breathing a little heavy. Then the light went on in my head. I said ‘P.J., we’re not trading you. That’s not what this call’s about.’ Then he said ‘Thank goodness, man. I love it here. I was so nervous.’ I don’t think anybody’s ever been happier to be fined than P.J. Tucker was when I told him, ‘The good news is you’re not being traded, the bad news is that you are getting fined.’ And I think he was glad to pay the fine if he could stay here in Phoenix.” NBCSports.com

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McDonough credited his time with the Celtics in helping him prepare for the challenge he faces in Phoenix. “There was obviously a lot of work to do when I got the job in terms of hiring a coach and building his staff, building my staff, trying to change the culture here, upgrade the talent, acquire more picks — all that,” McDonough said. “But I felt like I was prepared for that and we were ready for that as an organization and the Celtic experience helped me immensely, just having that confidence coming in that I could do the job.” Boston Globe

From afar, Ainge is beyond proud, especially considering McDonough’s Suns are perhaps the surprise of the NBA — 10 games over .500 entering Wednesday — with a rookie coach, Jeff Hornacek, who’s a strong Coach of the Year candidate. “Ryan is going to be great,” Ainge said. “I’m really happy for him and his success. He’s a very close friend. We worked shoulder to shoulder for 10 years. We’re very close. He feels like a son or a little brother, almost. I love following their team and I’m really rooting for him to succeed and I think that he will.” Boston Globe

Phoenix has as many as six first-round draft picks over the next two seasons and will have enough money coming off its books this offseason to make a run at a max-contract player. “I think our draft pick situation and the Celtics’ pick situation — those are probably the two best in the league,” McDonough said. “Those are both great positions to be in. “And as we showed when we were in Boston and Danny [Ainge] was able to pull off the trades for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, it’s not that you necessarily pick all those guys, but it’s really valuable currency in today’s NBA, those first-round picks — and they’re getting harder and harder to get, to be honest with you.” Boston Globe

December 31, 2013 Updates

Whatever it takes? "Correct," McDonough said. "Any reasonable offer. We have some advantages. We're able to give him another year, five instead of four if we choose. We're able to give him higher-percentage increases than other teams too. And then if another team does make an offer, we can always match that. So we feel like we're holding the cards with Eric, and more importantly, I think Eric's had a good experience here so far. He's played well and the team has played fairly well. I think he kind of likes what we're doing." ESPN.com

December 24, 2013 Updates

For all the miscalculations compounding that choice, there been a steep price to pay for the Suns: bad contracts and bad actors, discombobulated parts and no clear path to restoring prominence. "For all successful people in business, I think that the notion of taking a step back to take a step forward is a foreign concept," Sarver told Yahoo Sports. "You simply don't say, 'We're going to go backward for a couple years,' in business. But pro sports – especially the NBA – is different, and it's set up to do just that. "I had a hard time stomaching the idea of rebuilding, and spent a couple of years trying to patch together a way that we could still capitalize on Steve's ability. I was a couple of years too late in really facing the music." Yahoo! Sports

More than a mandate for a GM to bring on better talent, Sarver was determined for McDonough to change something else that had decayed his owner's franchise: "I needed to get a team with a GM and a coach who would have a good working relationship," Sarver told Yahoo Sports. "We had problems with Steve [Kerr] and Mike [D'Antoni], with Alvin [Gentry] and Lance [Blanks]. "It puts too much stress on the team." Yahoo! Sports

November 21, 2013 Updates
November 7, 2013 Updates

Heading into this season, though, the Suns had an opportunity to sign the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Bledsoe to a long-term contract extension, but ultimately could not agree to terms. Now, no matter how well he plays, the former Clipper will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the season, which has some worried that this may be a one-year rental, so to speak. Suns GM Ryan McDonough is not one of those people. "I feel very confident that he's going to be a Sun long-term," he told Burns and Gambo Wednesday. "We negotiated with Eric and his agents. I think the contract situation was handled very professionally on both ends." Arizona's Sports Page

McDonough said he feels good about how Bledsoe's agents approached the contract talks and hopes they feel the same way about the team's front office. But more than anything, the first-year general manager wants fans to know that the "restricted" in "restricted free agency" is a very important word. "We can match any offer to Eric next summer," he said. "Another advantage would be we have an extra year to play with. Other teams who are making Eric an offer can offer him four years, we can offer him up to five if we chose to do so." Arizona's Sports Page

October 25, 2013 Updates

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