Lance Blanks Named Phoenix Suns General Manager
We saw how that turned out: without a steady hand to guide the Suns through these trying waters, Stoudemire was lost to the Knicks in free agency, and the team didn't really get enough in return to fill his All-Star shoes. While Phoenix ended up with some new pieces in Hakim Warrick, Josh Childress, and Hedo Turkoglu, the sum of those three don't figure to make up for what Stoudemire brought in terms of offensive production, rebounding, and overall synergy with the way Steve Nash and Alvin Gentry run things in Phoenix.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves. The future is now for Lance Blanks, even if it figures to be a little while before he makes any signature moves.
Blanks has a reputation for being a great evaluator of talent; he was a director of scouting for the Spurs when they drafted Tony Parker and Luis Scola. That's a skill set that would have been nice to have around, you know, before the actual draft, or before new President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby helped bring Turkoglu -- on paper, not a great fit -- to Phoenix.
Blanks spent the last five years in Cleveland with the Cavaliers, ending his tenure there as vice president of basketball operations and assistant general manager. He was third in command behind the recently departed Danny Ferry and new head man Chris Grant. Blanks is a former player too, and spent two seasons in Detroit and one in Minnesota while appearing in 142 career NBA games.
"After a thorough search, we believe we have found the perfect choice to serve as our general manager," said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby, in a statement released by the team. "Lance Blanks is a first-rate talent evaluator, basketball executive and person. We are thrilled that he will be joining the Phoenix Suns."