Suns Hire Ryan McDonough, Key in Celtics’ Player Evaluation for Last Decade, as General Manager

Ryan McDonoughFrom Rajon Rondo and Glen Davis to Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger, the Celtics had a key player behind the scenes aiding their player evaluation efforts.

That man, Ryan McDonough, will no longer be working toward bringing an 18th championship banner to Boston. The 33-year-old was named general manager of the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, making the Hingham, Mass., native one of the youngest GMs in the NBA. (Orlando’s Rob Hennigan, also a Massachusetts native, is the youngest, hired last June at age 30.)

McDonough takes over one of the most challenging jobs in the league: rebuilding a once-proud franchise that has fallen into disarray in recent years. The Suns were the worst team in the Western Conference this season with a record of 25-57.

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