The Washington Wizards let go of Ernie Grunfeld, finally, on Tuesday. People were excited on social media, and one fan even said that the team called him to sell him tickets based on the fact that Grunfeld was no longer with the team.
The Wizards are perpetually under-performing team in the Eastern Conference, and so they need some new blood in the front office. According to one report, the team could be circling around Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly.
Via The Athletic:
Connelly, who grew up in nearby Baltimore and has been in charge of the Nuggets front office since 2013, began his NBA career as an intern with the Wizards in 1996, when he was a student at Catholic University. Washington hired him as a full-time video coordinator in 1999. He worked his way up through the front office until becoming assistant general manager of the Hornets in 2010 and eventually heading to Denver three years later.
He and Wizards interim GM Tommy Sheppard are close friends from Connelly’s Washington days. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, who also owns the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, has told Sheppard that he has a real chance at the permanent job.
Connelly just signed an extension, but it’s possible that the Wizards could try to buy him out or work out some kind of deal with Denver in order to get him back east.
The draft is coming up soon and there’s lots to do for Washington. They shouldn’t rush, but getting someone in place in a timely order it will be key to setting things in motion for the upcoming couple of years.