Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is good friends with Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver. Fitzgerald has even defended Sarver amid criticism of the way he conducts business.
Still, it might be a bit surprising for Valley sports fans to learn that Fitz is assisting the Suns in their search for front office help. That's according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Sunday.
"Sarver has discussed with prospective job candidates a senior advising role that will allow interim GM James Jones to continue in a lead front-office capacity with decision-making power," Wojnarowski repoted, adding "Jones had sat in on interviews, along with Arizona Cardinals All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald."
The Suns have been without a general manager since October 2018, when Sarver fired five-year GM Ryan McDonough just days before the 2018-19 regular season began. McDonough told ESPN that Sarver informed him of his decision over the phone.
Wojnarowski reported former Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Pelicans GM Jeff Bower is in line for "a high-ranking front-office role" with the Suns.
In December, Fitzgerald said Sarver, who has been described as a micromanager and difficult to deal with, as "drastically misunderstood."
“You don’t think of Phoenix without the Phoenix Suns. The Suns took a chance on Phoenix in the 70s coming here with Connie Hawkins and Jerry Colangelo," Fitzgerald said.
"They took a chance on us, and I think it’s time we take a chance on the Phoenix Suns. They’re loyal to this community. I really believe this is a Suns town. People love the Suns. They were the first ones here.”