The Phoenix Suns announced the hiring of James Jones as vice president of basketball operations on Tuesday. Jones will report to general manager Ryan McDonough, and he will oversee all basketball-related matters, including the NBA draft, free agency, and trades.
The Suns also agreed to a multi-year contract extension with McDonough after he helped solidify a promising, young group of players in Phoenix.
The news signals a retirement for Jones, a 14-year veteran who made the NBA Finals in each of the last seven seasons playing alongside LeBron James in Cleveland and Miami. The sharpshooting wing has three championships under his belt.
Randolph, who turns 36 on July 16, joins a young Sacramento team as a mentor and veteran presence. He is expected to help turn the Kings around the same way he helped turn the once cellar-dwelling Grizzlies around almost a decade ago.
George wore No. 24 in college at Fresno State and in his first four seasons with the Pacers, earning a pair of all-star bids in the process. However, he’s leaned in to his “PG-13” nickname by scooping the first number in the teens in recent years. By allowing him to wear Harden’s former number, Oklahoma City is showing the franchise is committed to giving him what he wants — something that could come into play when the 27-year-old hits unrestricted free agency next summer.
With one obvious partnership down, Mack just has one more to go. There’s no word yet, however, on whether he’s contacted Mark Morrison to Cheap US Jerseys acquire Cheap Throwback Basketball Jerseys the rights to his hit 1996 song “Return of the Mack.”