Cleveland Cavaliers executive Lance Blanks has emerged as a frontrunner for the Phoenix Suns’ general manager’s job and will interview with franchise officials on Friday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
www.world-jerseys.com[url]After Dell Demps and Jeff Weltman[/url]passed on the Suns job, owner Robert Sarver and new president Lon Babby have turned toward Blanks, a well-regarded assistant GM.
Weltman, the Milwaukee Bucks assistant GM, became the top candidate for the job after Demps, a former Spurs vice president, chose the New Orleans Hornets over the Suns, but Weltman has decided to stay with Milwaukee, sources said.
A big part of the apprehension about the Suns GM job among potential candidates is how little authority there will be under a new president and a hands-on owner. Cleveland GM Chris Grant has a close relationship with Blanks and strongly values him as his top aide. Both Grant and Blanks moved up a spot with the departure of former GM Danny Ferry.
Blanks was a first-round pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1990, and eventually moved into scouting and front-office positions with the Spurs in 2000. He joined the Cavaliers with Ferry as an assistant GM in 2005