In somewhat of a surprising move, the Wizards will not bring back longtime team president Ernie Grunfeld according to New York Times reporter Marc Stein.
Grunfeld will immediately be relieved of his duties while Tommy Sheppard will take control of the team in the interim as the Wizards begin to search for Grunfeld’s replacement. Sheppard will be a candidate, per the Wizards.
The biggest names out on the market that could land the opening are Gersson Rosas of the Rockets, David Griffin formerly of the Cavs and Marc Eversley of the Sixers.
The most noticeable name is David Griffin who put together the Cavs roster when they won their first ever championship in 2016. He helped recruit Lebron back to Cleveland after he left the first time.
After 16 years and no conference finals, appearances Grunfeld is done in Washington D.C. Grunfeld has always been liked by Wizards owner Ted Leonsis and it seemed like no matter how bad the moves Grunfeld made he could never be fired.
Grunfeld was hired by the Wizards in 2003 and has guided the team to a 588-724 record. Grunfeld originally signed former Wizards star point guard Gilbert Arenas and drafted John Wall and Bradley Beal but could never find the right roster to get them over the hump.
Grunfeld also made a lot of mistakes during his time in Washington using first round picks on Nick Young, Javalee McGee in 2007 and 2008 respectively while selecting both Jan Veselý and Chris Singleton in the first round of the 2011 draft.
In 2009 Grunfeld traded away the fifth overall pick for Mike Miller and Randy Foye, both only played one season in Washington.
Grunfeld also traded away the Wizards first round pick in 2014 and Emeka Okafor for Marcin Gortat.
Grunfeld has not been afraid to pull the trigger when trading away first round picks and those decisions have come back to hurt the Wizards who have no championships to show for it.
Grunfeld traded away three first round picks in four years to keep the Wizards in contention during the 2014-2017 drafts. Although many would argue that the trades for Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat were respectable moves it’s only come back to hurt the Wizards. Bojan Bogdanovic became a rental while the Wizards sacrificed future players.