Suns name Ryan McDonough GM

Updated: May 8, 2013, 12:51 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

The Phoenix Suns announced Tuesday that they have hired Ryan McDonough as their new general manager.

He will be introduced by the team at a news conference Thursday.

The 33-year-old McDonough spent the past decade with the Boston Celtics, including the past three seasons as assistant general manager.

"Ryan distinguished himself among an impressive group of candidates for our GM position," Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said. "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."

McDonough replaces Lance Blanks, who was fired by the Suns last month. The Suns finished 25-57, the second-worst record in franchise history behind their 16-66 effort in their inaugural season in 1968-69.

McDonough's father, the late Will McDonough, was a longtime columnist for the Boston Globe. His brother, Sean, is an announcer for ESPN and another brother, Terry, is the former director of player personnel for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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