Ryan McDonough Rumors
Meanwhile, Ryan McDonough’s phone was buzzing constantly, as tends to happen when you are the general manager of a team embroiled in multiple and intertwined controversies. One notification alarmed him: a voicemail from Jeff Schwartz, the New York-based power agent who represents Tyson Chandler. “Given the way our season had started,” McDonough says, “it wouldn’t have been shocking if Tyson wanted to be moved.” Schwartz delivered the opposite message, the two recall: “Tyson is fine.” He likes Phoenix, Schwartz told McDonough, and enjoys mentoring the young Suns. “It was a breath of fresh air,” McDonough says.
During radio interviews in the days that followed, McDonough questioned Bledsoe’s leadership and continually stated that he was receiving bad advice. Bledsoe chose not to respond directly to McDonough’s comments, but said he wanted to clear his name. “Not really,” he said when asked if he wanted to respond to being perceived as dishonest. “The situation is over with. What’s done is done. I can’t wait to join the Bucks, but I’m not a liar.”
Scott Bordow: No Ryan McDonough availability until tomorrow after shootaround. Possible delay: Team still deciding what it wants to do with Monroe
It took two more years, but James finally made it. Phoenix signed him to a two-way, 45-day contract, but his play already has convinced the Suns that they want to keep him beyond the 45 days. General Manager Ryan McDonough told azcentral sports Friday that he hopes the team can negotiate a deal with James. Maybe then James will look back on what it took him to get here. Then again … “I don’t reflect a lot,” James said. “I probably should. Maybe when I’m retired, I can look back and say I did that and that and that.”
Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough admits that, in hindsight, he should have considered outside candidates before hiring Earl Watson as head coach. Watson replaced Jeff Hornacek in 2015-16, going 9-24 before the Suns removed the interim tag in April without conducting an interview process to consider other candidates. “As far as the procedure goes and the process goes, yes, I think we probably should have gone through a more extensive interview process,” McDonough said Wednesday on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Burns & Gambo show. “Some people said that at the time. Robert and I take and accept that criticism, and I think we’ll learn from that going forward.”
McDonough hopes Triano, who he has said will coach the remainder of the season, is the long-term answer. The general manager added that the lack of player development played a large part in deciding to fire Watson. “Anytime you have a team that’s historically young … player development is huge,” McDonough said. “I think the good teams do that really well.”