AUBURN HILLS, MI - JUNE 24: Detroit Pistons General Manager Jeff Bower introduces 2016 Draft Picks Henry Ellenson and Michael Gbinije at a press conference on June 24, 2016 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have removed the interim tag from general manager James Jones and hired Jeff Bower as senior vice president of basketball operations.
The team also said Thursday that Trevor Bukstein will stay as assistant general manager.
Jones was appointed interim GM when the Suns fired Ryan McDonough before the 2018-19 season. He will oversee all basketball operations, with Bower and Bukstein reporting to him.
A former Suns player, Jones spent the last two seasons as Phoenix’s vice president of basketball operations and last season shared general manager duties with Bukstein.
The Suns finished with the worst record in the Western Conference at 19-63.
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