Phoenix fired GM Ryan McDonough on Sunday.

By Jenna West
October 09, 2018

The Phoenix Suns are reportedly interested in hiring interim general manager James Jones full time, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Phoenix announced on Monday that Jones, the team's vice president of basketball operations, and assistant general manager Trevor Bukstein would handle general manager duties on an interim basis after firing GM Ryan McDonough.

Since starting with the Suns in 2013, McDonough went on to hire three different head coaches during that time. The Suns have gone 155-255 over five seasons. Last year, they fired coach Earl Watson just three games into the season.

In July 2017, Suns owner Robert Sarver hired Jones, a former NBA player, as an apprentice to McDonough to prepare him for "a larger role in the organization." Now, Jones is already starting to put together his own scouting staff, reports Wojnarowski.

Jones spent two of his 14 sesaons in the NBA with the Suns. During his career, Jones won two NBA championships with the Miami Heat and one with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Phoenix opens its regular season at home on Oct. 17 against the Dallas Mavericks. This season, Igor Kokoskov will take over the coaching duties and will look to improve on last year's 21-61 record.

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