After an 0-3 start to the 2017-18 NBA season, the Phoenix Suns imploded. Shortly after Eric Bledsoe’s tweet saying ‘I Dont wanna be here’, head coach Earl Watson was fired. Although most thought Bledsoe’s tweet led to Watson’s firing, the Suns are currently looking to trade the point guard. According to Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports, the former head coach cause divide in the front office before his firing
It’s a mess. And it’s easy to point the next finger at Ryan McDonough, the embattled general manager. McDonough should have fired Watson months ago. He publicly undercut McDonough last March, when he declared the decision to shut down Bledsoe a “management decision.” He created a divide between the front office and the players when he informed players on at least one occasion that it was management, not him, that was determining in-game rotations, two sources familiar with the situation told The Vertical.
Still, league sources, both inside the organization and out, don’t see McDonough as the problem. He’s whiffed on a few trades (Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic) but his draft record is solid (Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, T.J. Warren, Marquese Chriss) and he has had to battle through the systematic dysfunction caused, in part, by an owner, Robert Sarver, who routinely injects himself into basketball-related decisions.
With it being extremely rare for a head coach to be fired three games into the season, the Suns could not wait any longer. As Phoenix is currently rebuilding, they have drafted well under general manager Ryan McDonough and will be looking to establish a new culture.
The next step in establishing a new culture will be trading Bledsoe. Since the point guard was sent home, teams like the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, and New York Knicks have all expressed interest.
By Dan Duangdao