Less than a month ago, the Wizards finally let go of Ernie Grunfeld after 16 mediocre seasons with him at the top of the basketball operations food chain. It came at a time the franchise has some hard choices to make about exactly how they move forward.
Who will be making that decision? Danny Ferry — the former Atlanta Hawks GM — interviewed for the job and there appear to be four primary candidates according to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post.
Conley is the president of basketball operations for the Nuggets and was critical to putting the team still going in the second round together.
There appears to be no timeline for the Wizards to make a hire, but the draft is only getting closer and the new GM/POBO will have to hit the ground running.
The new head person has some serious challenges.
That starts with Bradley Beal, their best player who has two more years on his contract. He averaged 25.6 points per game and took on more of a load when John Wall went out for the season with an injury. The Wizards can extend his contract this summer and build around him, or trade him to jump-start the rebuild without him.
The Wizards are also stuck with Wall’s anchor of a contract — a projected $171 million over the next four years for a player who is seriously injured — plus will be paying Ian Mahinmi $15.5 million next season and Dwight Howard at $5.6 million.
That’s a lot to deal with and an owner who wants to make the playoffs sooner rather than later. This new GM is going to have to manage up the ladder as well as rebuild the roster.