Sources: Suns to hire Cato as assistant GM, VP

by Gordon Dixon - Morgan Cato is being hired as the assistant general manager and VP of basketball operations of the Phoenix Suns, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Cato becomes one of the NBA's highest-ranking women in a front office.

Sources: Phoenix Suns hiring Morgan Cato as assistant GM, VP basketball operations 2:37 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA Insider Close Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017 The Phoenix Suns are hiring the NBA's Morgan Cato as assistant general manager and vice president of basketball operations, making her one of the NBA's highest-ranking women in a league front office, sources told ESPN. Cato -- who'll also become the first woman of color to hold the title of assistant GM -- will report to GM James Jones and work with coach Monty Williams on several fronts, including the leadership and strategy related to coaching development, player engagement and front office personnel operations, sources said. Cato spent the past decade working for the NBA in New York under president of league operations Byron Spruell. Her roles there included several strategic initiatives that targeted the growth of the game throughout the NBA and world, including officiating development, the launch of the Basketball Africa League and the global basketball talent pipeline. Editor's Picks The Suns were a league-best 64-18 this past season before losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals.