Lance Blanks Named New General Manager of Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns have finally named their General Manager.

Lance Blanks, a former NBA player and experienced front-office executive, was named to the position yesterday afternoon.

Blanks, 43, was the 26th overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft and also played in Europe.

He was hired for his recent front-office positions, both of which came with fairly successful franchises.

Blanks joined the San Antonio organization as a scout in 2000 and was later promoted to director of scouting, a position he held for three years.

Blanks then jumped ship to the Cleveland Cavaliers where he was  vice president of basketball operations and assistant general manager for the past five seasons. Considering that team will probably go downhill without LeBron James, this move was a good one for Blanks.

It's also a pretty decent one for the Suns organization.

Phoenix already has made their crucial moves this off-season, allowing Blanks to ease into his position and really learn the ropes before throwing him into the fire.

It will be interesting to see if Blanks can carry the success the Cavs had (mainly because of James) to another organization that's starved for a world title.

The Suns, though, feel they have the right man for the job.

"After a thorough search, we believe we have found the perfect choice to serve as our general manager," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said on the team's website. "Lance Blanks is a first-rate talent evaluator, basketball executive and person. We are thrilled that he will be joining the Phoenix Suns."

Blanks has scouting experience as well as assistant GM capabilities.

Can he take the next step and put it all together to bring a title to Phoenix?

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