McDonough fallout hits Prescott Valley, NAZ Suns relieve GM Louis Lehman of his duties
NBA G League
Updated as of Tuesday, October 9, 2018 12:09 AM
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Hours after Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver fired General Manager Ryan McDonough, the fallout reached the parent club's minor league affiliate in Prescott Valley as the Northern Arizona Suns relieved Louis Lehman of his GM duties, according to team sources Monday night.
The NBA Gatorade League club did not release an official statement about Lehman's departure, but Ashley Stovall, the team's director of business operations, did say in a phone interview that Assistant General Manager Dylan DeBusk would assume the role as the head of "basketball operations" until further notice.
When asked if this was a Phoenix Suns move, or a Northern Arizona move, Stovall said, "We were notified by Phoenix that Louis has been relieved of his duties and that Dylan would assume the lead role in basketball operations."
Stovall would not give a reason for Lehman’s release when prompted.
Lehman did not return a phone call late Monday night seeking comment, but respond with a text message saying, "I am thankful for the opportunity the Suns gave me and wish them all the best moving forward."
Lehman was promoted to general manager in October 2017 after spending two years as an assistant under Bubba Burrage, the first coming with the Bakersfield Jam in 2015-16.
The Tucson native spent six years within the Phoenix Suns organization, beginning as a basketball operations intern.
In the interim, the Phoenix Suns announced that all general manager duties at the NBA level would be handled by Vice President of Basketball Operations James Jones and Assistant General Manager Trevor Bukstein.
How the move effects Northern Arizona moving forward is unclear, especially with the G League draft approaching on Saturday, Oct. 20, and training camp beginning a day or two after.
In addition to assuming basketball operations duties for the Northern Arizona Suns, the 28-year-old DeBusk serves as a Phoenix Suns basketball operations assistant. He graduated from Cactus Shadows before finishing his bachelor's degree in finance at Arizona State.
DeBusk was the director of basketball operations and player personnel during the inaugural 2016-17 season in Prescott Valley before being promoted to assistant general manager last fall.
He was not available for comment Monday night.
Northern Arizona opens its third season in Prescott Valley on Saturday, Nov. 3, by welcoming the Santa Cruz Warriors at the Prescott Valley Event Center.
Brian M. Bergner Jr. is news/sports editor for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @TheEditorDesk. Email email@example.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.