Suns owner interested in bringing former Pistons, Pelicans GM Jeff Bower to front office, report says

Rob Sarver is eyeing some new personnel for Phoenix’s front office.

The Suns owner is interested in former Pistons and Pelicans general manager Jeff Bower, according to an ESPN report, which cites unidentified league sources.

The report claims Sarver wants Bower to assume a “high ranking” front-office role for Phoenix.

Sarver is reportedly backing off “serious candidates” who are up for consideration, informing them he’ll likely move in a different direction as early as next week.

Bower, 57, was the general manager of the then-New Orleans Hornets during their earlier years. One of his more notable achievements was selecting Chris Paul with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 draft.

He became Detroit’s general manager in 2014 and helped lead it to the playoffs in just his second season there. But he was fired last May.

Nevertheless, Bower is well-respected in NBA circles.

The Suns (19-61) have one of the worst records in the NBA and are in the running for the top pick in the 2019 draft.

Phoenix is hopeful Bower can work alongside interim GM James Jones and other staff to turn the franchise around.