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33-year-old GM hired: Will Phoenix regret it?

Phoenix has hired a 33-year-old to replace GM Lance Blanks. The new 33-year-old GM 'distinguished himself' at the Boston Celtics, says Suns President Lon Babby.

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Ryan McDonough, then with the Boston Celtics, discusses the team's selections in the NBA draft, June 28, 2012. The Phoenix Suns have hired McDonough as their next general manager. The 33-year-old replaces GM Lance Blanks, who was fired on April 22 after failing to take the Suns to the playoffs in three seasons.

Charles Krupa / AP / File

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The Phoenix Suns have hired 33-year-old Boston Celtics executive Ryan McDonough as their next general manager (GM).

The 33-year-old replaces Lance Blanks, who was fired on April 22 after failing to take the Suns to the playoffs in three seasons.

"Ryan distinguished himself among an impressive group of candidates for our GM position," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said Tuesday. "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 worked his way up from a 23-year-old special assistant to basketball operations in Boston to becoming assistant general manager the past three years.

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