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Phoenix Suns fire GM Ryan McDonough | Updated: 2018-10-09 01:00:11

The Phoenix Suns announced Monday they have fired general manager Ryan McDonough, a little more than a week before the start of the NBA season.

"Over the course of the season, we will explore both internal and external options as we look to restructure our basketball front office leadership," Suns managing partner Robert Sarver said in announcing the move.

James Jones and Trevor Bukstein will serve as interim general managers, Sarver said. One candidate to watch long-term, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, is Kevin McHale. Jones, the team's vice president of basketball operations, could be another candidate, Wojnarowski reports.

McDonough was hired as general manager in May of 2013. The team has gone 155-255 in his time as GM.

McDonough's tenure was met with immediate success, but difficulties with trades and draft picks short-circuited his success. The Suns took Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft and gave Devin Booker a $158 million extension during the offseason.

Last season, the Suns fired coach Earl Watson three games into the season and named Jay Triano interim coach. In the off-season, they named Igor KokoŇ°kov as head coach.

They have not made the playoffs since 2013.

The season tips off a week from Tuesday, and the Suns' first game sn Oct. 17 hosting the Dallas Mavericks.

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