HoopsHype Ryan McDonough rumors

June 28, 2013 Updates

The Suns took Maryland big man Alex Len with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft Thursday night, leaving many to wonder if the Polish Hammer's days in the Valley are numbered. But for those looking at an upcoming departure date for Gortat, who averaged 11.1 points, 8.5 assists and 1.6 blocks in 61 games last season, not so fast. "We're not looking to move him," Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Friday. "As you guys I'm sure know, Alex had foot surgery, and he's not ready to play. "Marcin is one of our best players here. He's a core guy for us. He is one of the more athletic bigs in the league, he screens, he rolls, he finishes and he blocks shots." Arizona's Sports Page

June 24, 2013 Updates

But that shadow is getting bigger. Before getting hired in Denver, Tim Connelly watched as some of his closest friends in the business made the jump to general manager. Ryan McDonough, whose father Will was a legendary Boston sports columnist and whose brother Sean is a well-known sports announcer, worked for the Boston Celtics and was hired at 31 to run the Phoenix Suns, where he immediately hired Pat. Masai Ujiri moved to Toronto and opened the door for Tim Connelly to be hired by the Nuggets. "Those guys are some of my best friends. Definitely the last couple of years I've been unbelievably proud to see them make the jump. Certainly I would be excited about the challenge [of being a GM himself]," Tim Connelly said earlier this month. "But I think I am in my dream job right now [in New Orleans]. I have far exceeded what I thought would be a realistic expectation in this profession. It's been a very lucky run I've been on." Baltimore Sun

June 16, 2013 Updates
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According to one league personnel executive, bringing in West and Rogers suggests a commitment to developmental work with young post players. But unless you put Markieff Morris in that category, the Suns really don’t have any ... yet. It has been speculated -- based on comments from general manager Ryan McDonough regarding rookie position duplication -- that the Suns will avoid using the fifth and 30th picks in the NBA draft’s opening round on players who occupy similar areas of the floor. Fox Sports Arizona

June 8, 2013 Updates

Count Ryan McDonough among those as optimistic as Anthony Bennett is about his recovery. "No, not really," McDonough said when asked about whether he's concerned about Bennett's health. "From what I heard it was a shoulder injury, but it was a left shoulder, a non-shooting shoulder. So our medical people didn't seem too concerned about it. They see it as a thing that is short-term and fixable. From what I've heard and seen so far, they expect him to make a full recovery." Arizona's Sports Page

June 6, 2013 Updates

And most of those prospects will have gone through workouts for general manager Ryan McDonough and head coach Jeff Hornacek at US Airways Center this week. Seven more prospects were in town Thursday, including Michigan guard Trey Burke, college basketball's National Player of the Year in 2012-13. While the six other players worked out together, Burke had an individual workout for Suns brass. "Coach Hornacek pushed me," Burke told the media following his session. "It's tougher working out by yourself than it is with a group, but it definitely went great." Arizona's Sports Page

The Suns turn the draft intrigue a different direction today by bringing in the top four collegiate point guard prospects for a workout at US Airways Center. The Suns’ workout will feature the point guard quartet of Michigan’s Trey Burke, Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum (a combo guard), Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams and Miami’s Shane Larkin. Suns general manager Ryan McDonough is taking a best-player-available approach to the draft and a 25-win team needs that, even if their best performer (Goran Dragic) and last year’s lottery pick (Kendall Marshall) are already point guards on the roster. Arizona Republic

May 28, 2013 Updates

“We are thrilled to introduce Jeff Hornacek as the new head coach of the Phoenix Suns,” said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough. “Jeff has all of the qualities we were looking for in a head coach—he is a leader, a teacher and a student of the game. Jeff's name has been high on our list ever since my first interview with the Suns. His successes as a player and as an assistant coach, along with his deep ties to this franchise and this community, give us confidence that he will do great things as the next head coach of the Phoenix Suns.” NBA.com

May 26, 2013 Updates

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

May 22, 2013 Updates

On the head-coaching search front, McDonough said his list expands as he narrows it because new names are cropping up as possibilities. The scheduling of interviews is complicated by the number of coaching vacancies, which could wind up being one-third of the league’s teams. Some candidates are also with active playoff teams and that becomes an issue with draft prospects possibly starting to come to Phoenix next week for individual workouts. “Ideally, I would like to have a guy in place for the draft workouts but I’m not going to rush the process just to hire a guy to run the draft workouts,” McDonough said. Arizona Republic

May 21, 2013 Updates
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Danny Ainge had been joking the Celtics won’t suffer in the upcoming draft for the loss of Ryan McDonough to the Suns, because “I have Ryan’s brain waves.” The new Phoenix general manager laughed, but he went on to suggest there is truth within the humor. “That was, I think, one of the reasons Danny and I worked so well together,” said McDonough, who worked his way through the Celtics organization to become Ainge’s top lieutenant. “We did agree on a lot of players. It was kind of weird. “We didn’t agree just to agree. One of us would say, ‘You know who I really like?’ And almost without fail, the other guy would say a name, and the other would be like, ‘Geez, how did you know that?’ I learned a lot from him. I obviously only have a fraction of his experience and knowledge, but I think that’s why we worked so well together.” Boston Herald

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No decision has yet been made on Hunter’s status. But the way McDonough was speaking about the search planned to fill the head coaching chair for next season would lead you to believe that the team will look high and low elsewhere for a more solid long-term solution. “I’m going to spearhead that process, and the process has already begun,” McDonough said. “That was part of my interview with [team owner Robert Sarver and president of basketball operations Lon Babby]. We discussed potential coaching candidates, and who we thought would be good fits, and we were in alignment on a lot of the names — most of the names. “So we have an initial list to go off of. We’ve received a good amount of interest from people all over the basketball world who want to be the coach of this storied franchise, and they see a great opportunity here. That’s my first order of business as the general manager, to find the best guy for that job.” NBCSports.com

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