The conventional wisdom around the league is that Randy Wittman will be out as coach once the Wizards’ season ends, an end that will not include the playoffs. Also coming is a major shakeup in the Washington roster, which will have John Wall, almost certainly Bradley Beal (a restricted free agent likely to get a max contract), Marcus Morris, Marcin Gortat, and little else that is familiar.
However, don’t expect a shakeup higher up the ladder — Ernie Grunfeld is expected to return as GM. J. Michael of CSNWashington said as much a while back in the PBT Podcast, and Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post confirmed as much with contract details in a new story.
Coach Randy Wittman’s future is uncertain because next season — the final year of his three-year contract — is only partially guaranteed, but President Ernie Grunfeld is under contract for next season, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation, which strongly suggests that he will return for his 14th season as the franchise’s general manger. It is not known when owner Ted Leonsis and Grunfeld agreed to the extension.
Leonsis isn’t the kind of owner willing to eat a lot of money in dead contracts.
Grunfeld is experienced but the television contract driven massive spike in the salary cap by more than $20 million makes this summer uncharted waters for everyone. There is a lot more money than talent available on the market this year, which is going to lead to some inflated prices and tough decisions for teams.
We will see how Grunfeld manages that — and who he brings in to coach the team.