Sarver of the Suns focuses on hiring Bower



9:14 PM ET

  • Adrian WojnarowskiESPN

The owner of the Phoenix Suns, Robert Sarver, has focused on the candidacy of the former general manager of Detroit and New Orleans, Jeff Bower, to badume a high position in the front of the Suns, informed sources of the league to ESPN on Saturday .

Sarver began reporting to other serious candidates that he is withdrawing from them and is moving toward a contract that could be completed early next week, league sources told ESPN.

Sarver has discussed with potential candidates for a senior adviser position that will allow interim GM James Jones to continue in a leadership capacity at the front with decision-making power, league sources said. Jones had participated in the interviews, along with Arizona Cardinals All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald, league officials said.

Bower was the general manager of the Pistons in presidency of basketball operations and coach Stan Van Gundy for four seasons until a change was made in May.

Bower has been a highly respected executive in the league for two decades, earning accolades for his organization and insight in 11 seasons as general manager in Charlotte, New Orleans and Detroit. Van Gundy made final decisions about the staff in Detroit.

Bower helped lead Detroit back to the playoffs in 2015-16 for the first time in five years, and helped engineer exchanges for All-Star Blake Griffin and point guard Reggie Jackson. Bower has led two franchises in the NBA, New Orleans and Detroit, out of the lottery and in the postseason as GM.

He also worked in the NBA and in college as a coach.


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