Suns narrow GM search to three candidates

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Phoenix is looking to replace the fired Lance Blanks, and Ryan McDonough, Scott Layden and Jeff Weltman are the finalists, according to a report.

The Phoenix Suns have settled on three finalists to fill their vacant general manager position, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

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Phoenix will interview three assistant general managers from other teams to fill the void: Jeff Weltman of Milwaukee, Ryan McDonough of Boston and Scott Layden from San Antonio make up the trio, according to the report.

The eventual hire will replace Lance Blanks, who served as GM from 2010 to 2013. The Suns finished 25-57 in 2012-13, good for last in the Western Conference and the second-worst season in franchise history. It was also the third straight year in which Phoenix missed the playoffs.

Yahoo! reports that Weltman might be the favorite to land the job. Owner Robert Sarver passed on Weltman last time around, opting to hire Blanks instead.

But that doesn't mean the other two don't have a shot. McDonough has an impressive resume as one of the keys to Boston drafting Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley. He is also the top assistant to Boston GM Danny Ainge. Layden, meanwhile, is experienced and brings a familiar name to the front office. He was NBA executive of the year in 1994-95 the Jazz and helped assemble the 2000 Knicks, who made the Eastern Conference Finals.

Phoenix reportedly wants to move quickly in the process so that the transition does not interfere with the team's preparation for the 2013 NBA Draft.

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