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Suns, GM part ways after second-worst season

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm •  Published: April 22, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) — Lance Blanks' short run as Phoenix Suns general manager is over.

The Suns announced on Monday that they were parting ways with Blanks after the second-worst season in franchise history and third straight year of missing the playoffs.

"Lance has been a trusted friend and colleague," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said in a statement. "I thank him personally and professionally for his hard work on behalf of the Suns. We will continue to prepare for the offseason even as we look for his replacement."

Blanks was considered one of the NBA's top up-and-coming executives when the Suns hired him as general manager in 2010. Phoenix won 40 games in his first season in 2010-11 and declined from there, culminating in this season's disastrous finish.

The Suns revamped their roster over the offseason, trading two-time league MVP and face of the franchise Steve Nash to the rival Lakers and allowing Grant Hill, another fan favorite, to sign with the Clippers as a free agent.

Phoenix brought in nine new players, including Nash's former backup, Goran Dragic, along with Michael Beasley and Wesley Johnson, former top-10 picks hoping for a fresh start with a new team.

The Suns struggled from the start and cost popular coach Alvin Gentry his job in January. Phoenix then turned to player development director Lindsey Hunter as interim coach, a move that infuriated assistants Dan Majerle and Elston Turner, who left the team.

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