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Ex-Celtic official Ryan McDonough thriving in Phoenix

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PHOENIX — Ryan McDonough sees similarities in the rebuilding Celtics of 2013-14 and the version that preceded it less than a decade ago.

Back then, McDonough, now a rookie general manager for the Phoenix Suns, was working his way up the professional ladder with the Celtics.

And back then, the Celtics were in rough shape, having won just 24 games in 2006-07 after winning 33 the season before.

But the Celtics had grand plans for a quick fix. They were stockpiling assets — namely draft picks — and positioning themselves financially so that they could afford superstars.

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