HoopsHype Ryan McDonough rumors

August 26, 2014 Updates

Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough talked Monday to Dragic, who also said that he is "fresh." McDonough said Filipovic, Duffy, the Slovenians and the Suns have cooperated to execute a mutually beneficial plan. "We wanted to make sure Goran was fresh and stays healthy but still allow him to get ready for the tournament," McDonough said. "It's been a positive experience." Arizona Republic

June 30, 2014 Updates

The Suns will not linger with the idea long if the interest is not reciprocated by James and his agent, Rich Paul, who is also Bledsoe's agent and is expected to handle free-agency meetings instead of James. The Suns have the cap space to pursue other significant veterans. They have considered small forward Luol Deng and power forward Pau Gasol, who are unrestricted free agents, but the Suns might opt to continue their organic growth if they are unable to make the big splash. Arizona Republic

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The Suns are getting a reputation around the NBA. Their predraft workouts aren't for the faint of heart or weak of legs. "We've had a number of agents tell us this is one of the toughest workouts — if not the toughest workout — on the predraft circuit," General Manager Ryan McDonough said Friday. "We take pride in that. We want our guys to be really well conditioned. If we want to try to get up and down the floor and lead the league in fast-break points and run teams out of the gym, you're going to have to be in shape." Arizona Republic

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

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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

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