The Suns Hired James Jones As Their VP Of Basketball Operations, Because What Better Way To Get LeBron's Attention?
I actually love this move. Some might be critical of hiring an inexperienced, laughably unqualified former player whose career is vastly more noteworthy due to his close personal friendship with a certain superstar, but to that I say that there is levels to this shit. "This shit" being the desperate, likely fruitless pursuit of NBA relevance through the desperate, likely fruitless pursuit of LeBron James, and I'm pretty sure the Phoenix Suns just hit the top rung. Never mind clearing out cap space for max contracts, they cleared out a goddamn front office position for the person most likely to lure the league's most sought after player to a place that he has next to no interest in going.
If nothing else, I can't help but respect the creativity. Sure, by playing the "if your best friend jumped off a bridge, would you jump too in hopes of saving him?" angle they only increased their chances of signing LeBron in 2018 from non-existent to a complete pipe dream. However, is there really any downside to what stands approximately a 99.9% chance of playing out? Is James Jones really going to make a team whose one shining moment of the season was a lopsided loss in which their best player happened rack up 70 points notably worse? I think not.
Maybe it's not likely that LeBron's locker room leader is already some organizational wizard that is ridiculously adept at talent evaluation, but it's also not likely that we'll be able to tell the fucking difference when James Jones is frantically texting his BFF from rock bottom next summer. Hell, if I were the Suns I would see if Maverick Carter is interested in the GM job. Devin Booker is only getting you so far, so you might as well as upheave your entire front office to placate to a guy whose biggest issue is how much he mistrusts his current team's braintrust. Worst case scenario is that their franchise's championship aspirations remain resting firmly at the bottom of the deepest part of the ocean when LeBron goes to Los Angeles in 11 months. No harm, no foul as far as I can tell.