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Phoenix Suns hire 33-year-old general manager

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   May 7, 2013 at 4:43 PM   |   Comments

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May 7 (UPI) -- Ryan McDonough, a 33-year-old working for the Boston Celtics, has been hired as the new general manager of the Phoenix Suns, according to ESPN.

McDonough has worked for the Celtics for the past decade. At 23, he became a special assistant to basketball operations. He worked his way up the ladder and has served the past three years as assistant general manager for the Celtics, where he worked with GM Danny Ainge.

For the Suns, McDonough moves into Lance Blanks's spot. Blanks was fired after he failed to take the team to the playoffs the past three seasons.

In his time with the Celtics, McDonough developed a talent for scouting -- he worked more than five years in the scouting department. For Ainge, he was responsible for draft evaluation of both college and international players.

Suns president Lon Babby is counting on those skills in McDonough, as the team moves on their 10 draft picks. The Suns drastically changed their roster in the off season and began this season with nine new players. The team finished the season with its second-worst record in franchise history.

"[McDonough's] 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," Babby said in a release. "We welcome his championship pedigree to our organization.

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