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Phoenix Suns hires NBA assistant vice president Morgan Kato as assistant general manager

The Phoenix Suns are hiring NBA assistant vice president Morgan Kato as assistant general manager and vice president of basketball operations, The Republic confirmed Monday afternoon.

The Suns made the official announcement on Monday evening.

“We are thrilled to welcome Morgan to Valley and the Suns organization,” Suns CEO James Jones said in a Suns press release. “In the league office, Morgan has played a key role in countless game development and strategic development initiatives to ensure that the game can be played at its best. Adding her experience and knowledge will enable us to improve our basketball operations in several areas.”

Cato, an African American, is the first woman of color to serve as an NBA assistant general manager on an NBA team. She joins a franchise that has black general manager James Jones and head coach Monty Williams.

Jones was named the NBA’s top manager last season, and Williams was named the league’s Coach of the Year this season.

Cato worked in the league’s business and operations departments for nearly two years.

After nearly 10 years in the NBA, Cato was previously a senior director and director of NBA business and league operations.

Previously, she was the league’s Senior Early Career Development Manager and Recruiting and College Relations Manager. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he is a graduate of Stony Brook University and Harvard Business School.

A year ago, Cato posted on her LinkedIn account, “Reminder: Representation matters. In court, at the table, when making decisions. To have an impact and save lives. Period” with the hashtags #morethanagame #gamechanger #govote.

After working for NBA President of League Operations Byron Spruell, Cato was “a key member of the management team focused on strategic basketball initiatives to grow the game,” according to a Suns press release.

Her responsibilities included “coaching and refereeing development, basketball talent development and related programs.” She was involved in “launching” the African Basketball League, “advocating for women and people of color in basketball operations, and actively liaising with NBA teams on general operational and engagement needs.”

Cato is considered a hardworking, conscientious, creative and detail-oriented person with a positive outlook on life and work.

According to a Suns press release, Cato will “report to Jones” and “work with Williams to lead the team’s strategy and business processes for basketball’s growth and performance, with a focus on coach development, player engagement, and front office staff performance.” ”

The Suns also hired Toronto Raptors assistant Patrick Mutombo as an assistant head coach, The Republic reported last week.

Any opinion on the current state of the Sun? Contact Suns Insider Duane Rankin at [email protected] or contact him at 480-787-1240. Follow him on Twitter at @DuaneRankin.

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