Unless something surfaces about a newfound scandal or a fireable offense, McDonough seemed to have the Suns trending in the right direction and probably deserved another year on the job. They had a solid summer that included a new contract for star guard Devin Booker and the selection of Deandre Ayton with the first overall pick.
Phoenix also signed Trevor Ariza to a free agent deal and traded for Ryan Anderson. The Suns have a chance to take an important step forward this season and maybe even emerge as darkhorse playoff contenders.
Now, the Suns have botched their search for a starting point guard. They let Elfrid Payton walk in free agency and never found his replacement. But that doesn't mean McDonough's firing was justified based on his performance.
McDonough traded Gortat to Washington five months after taking the job, in October of 2013. He shipped Gortat with three other players to the Wizards for Emeka Okafor, who never played for the Suns, and a first round pick, which later was used for Tyler Ennis. Ennis now plays in Turkey.
Morris came to the Wizards in February of 2016 in a deal that sent DeJuan Blair, Kris Humphries and a first round pick to Phoenix. Humphries played four games for the Suns, while Blair never appeared in a game for them. The first round pick was used in another deal to acquire Marquese Chriss, who this summer was dealt to Houston for Anderson.
Morris seemed to enjoy hearing the news, as he tweeted this about McDonough's departure on Monday.
Bout time lol— Keef Morris (@Keefmorris) October 8, 2018
The Wizards got the better end of those deals and McDonough made some poor decisions over the years, but he seemed to have righted the ship. It's just plain strange to fire him now, right as the season is about to begin.
MORE WIZARDS NEWS:
Should you block ads? Adblocker