Jones had been serving as interim GM since Ryan McDonough was fired two weeks before the 2018-19 season began.
The Suns have made it official with James Jones.
The team announced Thursday it has hired Jones as its new general manager. He had been filling the role on an interim basis this season.
“James has demonstrated a remarkable ability to manage the day-to-day efforts of our front office while developing strong relationships with our players, coaches and those across our organization and league,” Suns managing partner Robert Sarver said in a release.
“Furthermore, he is instilling the same championship culture and standard that he experienced on multiple occasions as a player. I have the utmost confidence in James as the leader of our basketball operations moving forward, and we are aligned in the ultimate goal of one day bringing an NBA championship to Phoenix.”
Jones, 38, took over the role of interim GM two weeks before the season started after the team fired Ryan McDonough.
His hiring comes after the Suns added Jeff Bower as senior vice president of basketball operations and kept Trevor Bukstein as assistant general manager.
Both Bower and Bukstein will report to Jones.
“I’m thrilled to add an individual with Jeff’s experience and basketball acumen to our front office,” Jones said in a statement. “Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge in every facet of basketball operations, is of high character and well respected in league circles, and has a proven track record of influencing organizational success. His expertise in creating and executing a plan will be invaluable as we build our team moving forward.”
Jones became the vice president of basketball operations in 2017-18 for the Suns, right after he retired from playing. He spent 14 years in the league, including two with the Suns. He was part of three NBA championship teams with the Heat and Cavaliers.