Phoenix Suns president Lon Babby will transition to a senior advisor role on Aug. 1, the team announced Wednesday. Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic first reported the move before the team confirmed it.
Suns general manager Ryan McDonough will become head of the basketball operations department, although it appears he won’t get the job title of president, as the team’s press release said he’ll run the department from his position as GM. Assistant GMs Pat Connelly and Trevor Bukstein will support McDonough and also take on increased job responsibilities.
Babby was a long-time agent before joining Phoenix as president in 2010. Babby hired McDonough to be GM in 2013, and then Jeff Hornacek was brought in as the new head coach. The Suns enjoyed a huge turnaround that season and McDonough was NBA Executive of the Year runner-up.
As a senior advisor, Babby will give “strategic counsel and input” to the basketball operations department. He’ll also continue to play a role with contract negotiations and cap management.