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Suns Notes: McDonough, Coach, Ownership

The Suns formally introduced new general manager Ryan McDonough at a press conference today, and McDonough addressed a few topics related to the job and the next steps for a Phoenix team coming off a 57-loss season. Here are some of the highlights, courtesy of Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic (all Twitter links):

  • McDonough, who was previously working for the Celtics as an assistant GM, indicated that he didn't plan on leaving Boston unless there was a "spectacular opportunity" elsewhere.
  • The Suns have a few good young pieces on their roster and are positioned well for "sustainable success," according to McDonough.
  • McDonough and owner Robert Sarver have a few of the same candidates in mind for the team's head coaching position. The front office will be targeting someone who can command the team's respect and maximize its talent.
  • In constructing the roster and choosing a head coach, McDonough will aim for a balance of offense and defense, rather than prioritizing one over the other.
  • Prior to McDonough's press conference, Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic (link via USA Today) published a piece on the new GM and the Suns' owner. According to Sarver, the Suns are "absolutely not for sale at any price," despite some recent rumblings to the contrary.

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