We may finally know for sure what Lance Blanks is employed to do for the Phoenix Suns. Aside from being the silent, invisible man for nearly 2 years in the Phoenix Suns front office, it appears that Mr. Sarver and Counselor Babby have given him the reigns on this year's 2012 draft. Do you buy that? Said Blanks in a recent interview:

"Without sounding arrogant, I trust my judgment in making the right selections and decisions on players."

I suppose someone would have gone on some A.M. talk show to clarify Blanks' comments if he wasn't a main decision maker in deciding the Suns draft choice.

In a sense it is a relief to hear what Blanks may or may not be allowed to do. Last season, in the midst of a playoff push, Blanks was jettisoned to China to have a chat or two with Aaron Brooks. While his public quotes reflected a positive outlook from a guy who appeared to be happy to speak openly about what he actually does, I have to wonder if getting shuffled off to the other side of the world to talk to a guy the Suns don't really like that much was more of an exile than a job.

Nevertheless, Blanks seems to be in his element, now, with a clear role (at least he is saying so), during a turbulent moment in Suns franchise history:

"It's in my DNA to accept extreme challenges, and I embrace that," Suns' General Manager Lance Blanks said. "I look forward to this. I look forward to making these tough decisions."

Is conducting a draft and all that goes into a selection an extreme challenge? Perhaps.

We cannot criticize Blanks for anything just yet, but let's be honest, we've all given that line before in a job interview or when your boss was giving you your yearly review.

So does Blanks have control of the draft and player moves? Does he have the final say? Does he have any autonomy with Uncle Lon looming over his shoulder? We know what Babby and Sarver are capable of. And it hasn't been very impressive of late. May as well give the rook a shot.


Phoenix Suns' future in Lance Blanks' Hands: Bickley/AZ Central

"Suns fans don't have great trust in Blanks because they don't really know him, except that he's nothing like Bryan Colangelo or Steve Kerr. The team's passive approach in the Nash saga -- letting him dictate the terms of his departure -- hasn't helped the current perception toward management."

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The 2012 NBA Draft is almost here. As we get closer and closer to hearing Anthony Davis' name called, rumors begin to fly with ever-increasing frequency, and now and then some of them even become reality in the form of trades.

Consider this your open thread to talk all things draft. We'll be updating this thread whenever something important happens.

  • Washington and New Orleans kicked off trade season when the two teams agreed to a trade sending Hornets C Emeka Okafor and SF Trevor Ariza to Washington in return for Wizards F Rashard Lewis. New Orleans will reportedly buy out Lewis. This trade points to Washington targeting Florida SG Bradley Beal with their No. 3 pick.
  • Houston made the first of I'm sure many moves when they sent SF Chase Budinger to Minnesota for the No. 18 pick. Budinger is an upgrade to the trash the T'Wolves have on the wing, and the pick is more ammo for Houston to use in their attempts to make a big deal. The Wolves also received the rights to Lior Eliyahu, but he is not expected to play for Minnesota.
  • In a slightly odd trade, the Bobcats have sent SF Corey Maggette to Detroit in return for SG Ben Gordon and a lottery-protected 2013 first round pick. Maggette is an expiring contract an helps clean up some of Detroit's cap issues, and the pick is top 14 protected next year, which means Charlotte likely will have to wait a year or two more as the protection decreases. Charlotte gets back some needed scoring help, although in a player physically similar to last year's lottery pick Kemba Walker. That should be a fun backcourt to watch. And by fun I mean the exact opposite. There don't seem to be any draft implications in this deal.
  • Houston remained active and made a trade for the second straight day, sending C Samuel Dalembert an the No. 14 pick to Milwaukee in exchange for the No. 12 pick, second year PF/C Jon Leuer, PG Shaun Livingston and PF Jon Brockman. Houston continues to work their way up in the draft, and their ultimate aim appears to be to acquire a top 10 pick to use in a blockbuster trade. Milwaukee moved down only two spots and added a decent starting center in Dalembert.



The 2012 NBA Draft is almost here. As we get closer and closer to hearing Anthony Davis' name called, rumors begin to fly with ever-increasing frequency, and now and then some of them even become reality in the form of trades.

Consider this your open thread to talk all things draft. We'll be updating this thread whenever something important happens.

Also book mark the SB Nation.com NBA Draft Day Rumors StoryStream.

  • Washington and New Orleans kicked off trade season when the two teams agreed to a trade sending Hornets C Emeka Okafor and SF Trevor Ariza to Washington in return for Wizards F Rashard Lewis. New Orleans will reportedly buy out Lewis. This trade points to Washington targeting Florida SG Bradley Beal with their No. 3 pick.
  • Houston made the first of I'm sure many moves when they sent SF Chase Budinger to Minnesota for the No. 18 pick. Budinger is an upgrade to the trash the T'Wolves have on the wing, and the pick is more ammo for Houston to use in their attempts to make a big deal. The Wolves also received the rights to Lior Eliyahu, but he is not expected to play for Minnesota.
  • In a slightly odd trade, the Bobcats have sent SF Corey Maggette to Detroit in return for SG Ben Gordon and a lottery-protected 2013 first round pick. Maggette is an expiring contract an helps clean up some of Detroit's cap issues, and the pick is top 14 protected next year, which means Charlotte likely will have to wait a year or two more as the protection decreases. Charlotte gets back some needed scoring help, although in a player physically similar to last year's lottery pick Kemba Walker. That should be a fun backcourt to watch. And by fun I mean the exact opposite. There don't seem to be any draft implications in this deal.
  • Houston remained active and made a trade for the second straight day, sending C Samuel Dalembert an the No. 14 pick to Milwaukee in exchange for the No. 12 pick, second year PF/C Jon Leuer, PG Shaun Livingston and PF Jon Brockman. Houston continues to work their way up in the draft, and their ultimate aim appears to be to acquire a top 10 pick to use in a blockbuster trade. Milwaukee moved down only two spots and added a decent starting center in Dalembert.



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