Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Babby: I may be like Moses
By Nick Borges
UPDATE: Suns owner ended all speculation regarding Lon Babby's status on Tuesday by signing the Suns president of basketball operations to a two-year extension.
“I’ve had a wonderful career and I view this was a wonderful opportunity,” Babby told The Arizona Republic. “I knew it was an extraordinary challenge. Not every day is simple. It can be painful and difficult. I didn’t want to leave it at this stage. I may be like Moses. I’m on a journey to get to the promised land of a championship. I didn’t want to leave at the start of the walk through the desert."
Babby's extension could be good news for Lindsey Hunter as some in Phoenix believe he will likely be named the head coach of the Suns.
Lon Babby's contract as the Phoenix Suns president of basketball operations is set to expire in June and his uncertain status means the entire department has a lot of questions going forward.
Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic writes: "General Manager Lance Blanks has a year remaining after this season. The question owner Robert Sarver has to ask himself is this: Does he trust the two of them to run his franchise? If Babby and Blanks stay, then Lindsey Hunter almost assuredly will remain as coach, with the interim tag removed. But if Sarver cleans house, it’s hard to imagine a new GM retaining Hunter. It’s not as if Hunter has been a miracle worker and accomplished something Alvin Gentry couldn’t. As to what Sarver is thinking, who knows? He hasn’t been heard from since the coaching change. But he can’t be happy."
This is another big offseason for the Suns as they're going to have three first round picks, maybe two in the lottery, and plenty of room under the salary cap. Sarver will probably act fast once their regular season concludes in two weeks regarding Babby's fate since it affects the entire basketball operations group.
Once the front office is settled the focus will shift to the players. Marcin Gortat, entering the final season of his contract in 2013-14, could be traded as well as Michael Beasley due to the $9 million remaining on his contract. Wesley Johnson is a free agent and he wants to stay with the team, but they may not want to bring him back.