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Suns hire former Pistons exec Jeff Bower as senior VP of basketball operations

Posted: 1:29 PM, Apr 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-11 17:29:40Z
Jeff Bower

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.