Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough joins The Vertical Podcast with Woj.
McDonough discusses the behind-the-scenes aspects of the draft-day trade that brought Marquese Chriss to the Suns, how he can sell the Suns as a free-agent destination with their burgeoning young core and the frustration of dealing with inaccurate trade reports.
For the first time, McDonough discusses his pursuit of Brad Stevens to coach the Suns before the Celtics hired him. He goes into great detail on growing up as the son of legendary journalist Will McDonough, how his father’s relationship with Bill Parcells has yielded him sage front-office advice and how a young generation of NBA general managers keeps a particularly close relationship.
1:00: When did McDonough decide to try to get both Bender and Chriss in the draft?
4:45: How McDonough filters information before and during the draft.
11:17: The youth and talent on the roster in Phoenix.
15:22: Being a young general manager and learning on the job.
19:46: Nearly signing LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency last year.
25:39: Trying to hire Brad Stevens before he left Butler for the Celtics.
27:21: Growing up the son of legendary journalist Will McDonough.
33:45: The relationship between Bill Parcells and the McDonough family.
37:32: McDonough’s friendships with other young NBA general managers.
42:25: What McDonough learned from Danny Ainge in Boston.
44:26: The 2007 negotiations to acquire Kevin Garnett from the Timberwolves.
49:07: The process of building up a team to attract superstar talent.
54:23: The importance of showing restraint during the coming free-agency period.
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