The Suns fired general manager Ryan McDonough on Monday, bringing an abrupt end to his five-year run with the team. A few former Phoenix players feel this move should have come much sooner.
McDonough's departure is surprising given the timing — the Suns' season opener is on Oct. 17 — but Nets forward Jared Dudley, who played in Phoenix from 2008-13 and 2016-18, supported the shift of power from McDonough to vice president of basketball operations James Jones. The three-time NBA champion will split GM duties with assistant general manager Trevor Bukstein.
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Markieff Morris spent the first five-plus seasons of his career with the Suns, but he clearly doesn't have fond memories of his years with McDonough. Morris responded to Dudley's tweet and offered a short assessment.
Former Suns point guard Mike James, who averaged 10.4 points and 3.8 assists in 32 games with the team last season, didn't think McDonough was the "right person for that job." Despite never playing alongside Morris, he had similar feelings about McDonough.
It turns out missing on draft picks, executing poor trades and losing the confidence of your own players is not a recipe for success. But don't worry — all is well in Phoenix!