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Suns Expected to Hire Jeff Bower as Vice President of Basketball Operations

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Stability may finally be heading to the front office of the Phoenix Suns, after many years of disorganization.

According to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s John Gambadoro, the Suns are expected to hire Jeff Bower as the team’s senior vice president of basketball operations.

Bower brings a wealth of experience with him, having served as the general manager of the then-New Orleans Hornets from 2005-2010 and then for the Detroit Pistons from 2014-2018.

Following the firing of general manager Ryan McDonough days before the start of the 2018-2019 regular season, James Jones and Trevor Bukstein took over as co-interim general managers, overseeing a Suns team that finished the season with a 19-63 record, owning the worst record in the Western Conference for the third consecutive year.

Bower, 57, turned the Hornet into a playoff contender, capped off by a franchise record 56-win season in the 2007-2008 season.

Bower also made noise in Detroit, pulling the trigger on the deals that brought in Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson.

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Suns Prefer Ja Morant Over Zion Williamson

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The Phoenix Suns could end up with the 1st overall pick for the second consecutive year, depending on how the ping pong balls drop, but landing the #1 overall pick doesn’t mean they are locked in on Duke phenom Zion Williamson.

According to The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, the Suns actually prefer Murray State point guard Ja Morant, who had an impressive breakout year in 2018-2019, over Williamson.

Morant became the first player in school history to be named a first-team Associated Press All-American.

Point guard is the biggest position of need for the rebuilding Suns, but passing on Zion could mean passing on a bonafide superstar to pair with Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker.

The thought of a frontcourt featuring Williamson and Ayton would instantly elevate the Suns.

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Thunder’s Billy Donovan defends Paul George for End of Game Dunk

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward, and MVP candidate, Paul George ruffled the feathers of the Portland Trail Blazers for opting to dunk the ball as opposed to dribbling out the clock in their Game 3 victory.

While George made no friends with the Blazers, who visibly took issue with the dunk, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan had no issue with what took place.

“My feeling was they probably shot a shot,” Donovan said, according to Ben Golliver of the Washington Post. “Paul kind of went in and dunked it. Both teams played the game all the way out.”

George declined to comment on the dunk in the post-game presser.

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Celtics’ Brad Stevens Praises Kyrie Irving

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After a stellar performance that fueled a Boston Celtics comeback victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 3, Kyrie Irving appears to be in playoff form.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens heaped some incredible praise on Irving for his impressive performance.

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