Suns hire Celtics assistant GM McDonough

Suns hire Celtics assistant GM McDonough
May 7, 2013, 2:15 pm
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BOSTON — Like the Celtics roster, the team's front office will look a little different next season.

Assistant General Manager Ryan McDonough has been hired by the Phoenix Suns to be their GM.

“Ryan distinguished himself among an impressive group of candidates for our GM position,” Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said in a statement. “His natural leadership and communication skills will serve the Suns well. And, his prodigious work ethic and ability to identify talent will enable us to take full advantage of the 10 draft choices, including six in the first round, that we have over the next three years. We welcome his championship pedigree to our organization.”

The 33-year-old McDonough leaves after spending the past three seasons in the role of assistant GM to Danny Ainge, the C's president of basketball operations.

McDonough has been credited for pushing Ainge to swing a draft day deal in 2006 to acquire Rajon Rondo from of all teams, the Phoenix Suns. He was also involved heavily in the C's drafting Avery Bradley three years ago despite playing just one season at the University of Texas.