Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver is looking to make a key addition to their front office. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Sarver is focusing on hiring long-time general manager Jeff Bower “to assume a high-ranking front-office role with Phoenix.”
The Suns currently have former NBA champion James Jones as their interim general manager. There is still no news as to whether Bower would eventually assume that role, should the two sides agree to work together.
Bower has had a track record of turning lottery teams into playoff teams as a general manager. He did so both with the Detroit Pistons and the then-New Orleans Hornets.
Bower last served as GM of the Pistons, but was fired in June last year after the franchise chose to go in a different direction. He started in 2014 and served for four seasons under former coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy.
Nevertheless, as mentioned, he was still able to help Detroit make the postseason in just his second season with the team.
Prior to his stint with Detroit, Bower also helped develop the New Orleans Hornets into contenders in the late 2000s. He was responsible for drafting Chris Paul and built the team further with the acquisitions of David West, Peja Stojakovic, and Tyson Chandler.
The Phoenix Suns have not made the postseason since the 2009-10 season. It has been an abysmal era of basketball for the Arizona-based squad. However, with a few promising pieces in Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton on their roster, perhaps a general manager with a good track record like Bower could finally help turn their fortunes around.