Ryan McDonough had waited years for his opportunity to run his own team, build a roster, and determine the fate of an organization.
The Phoenix Suns have allowed the former Celtics executive to do that, and then some. The Suns didn’t have a coach when McDonough was hired as general manager, and a roster looking for demolition. In four short months, McDonough has completely restructured the roster, dumping unwanted players such as troublesome Michael Beasley and dealing away veteran Luis Scola, who didn’t have a long-term role.
Like his former employer, Danny Ainge, McDonough is working to replace old with young and stockpile draft picks and salary-cap space for future gain. The Suns are a lottery-bound team this season but there is renewed hope. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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