Phoenix Suns Fire General Manager Ryan McDonough

The Phoenix Suns announced Monday the organization has released Ryan McDonough of his role as general manager effective immediately.

The Suns announced that Trevor Bukstein, assistant general manager and James Jones, vice president of basketball operations, will handle general manager duties in the interim.

Jones will manage basketball operations while Bukstein will serve as the main contact for player trades.

“After much thought and a long evaluation of our basketball operations, I have decided to relieve Ryan McDonough of his duties as general manager of the Phoenix Suns,” Suns owner Robert Sarver said in a release.

McDonough was hired as the Suns GM in 2013.

Sarver said the continued focus for the team will be on strengthening the roster for the upcoming NBA season as they also look to both internal and external options to “restructure our basketball front office leadership.”

“On behalf of the entire organization, I want to thank Ryan for his efforts and contributions during his five-plus years with the Suns,” Sarver said. “We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”

The Phoenix Suns has had four straight losing seasons and no playoff opportunities since 2010.