Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Wizards fire long-time GM Ernie Grundfeld

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Washington Wizards fired long-time general manager Ernie Grunfeld on Tuesday. He was their general manager for 16 years.

Grundfeld is not able to finish the season with the Wizards. Washington has a 32-46 record during the 2018-19 campaign.

Former Washington Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld and Sonny Hill talk before the game between the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers
Ernie Grunfeld and Sonny Hill talk before the game between the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

The team presently has four games left in their season. The first of the four games is on Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls.

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“We did not meet our stated goals of qualifying for the playoffs this season and, despite playing with injuries to several key players, we have a culture of accountability and a responsibility of managing to positive outcomes,” Owner Ted Leonsis said. “I wish to thank Ernie for his service to the Washington Wizards. He and his family have been great leaders in our community and have worked tirelessly to make us a top NBA franchise.”

The Wizards have nothing on their team that has any value except for Bradley Beal. He also gave a bad contract to John Wall, which is going to make him nearly untradable for the next several seasons.

He has made numerous other bad transactions. He traded the No. 5 pick and Jerry Stackhouse for Antawan Jamison. He did trade Kwame Brown to acquire Caron Butler.

He also drafted Nick Young and JaVale McGee, who did not work out in Washington. Grunfeld traded the No. 5 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft for Mike Miller and Randy Foye.

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Grunfeld made questionable draft selections in Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton. He also traded their first-round draft pick in 2014 with Emeka Okafor for Marcin Gortat in a trade with the Phoenix Suns.

He also was in a trading controversy in Dec. 2018 when a three-team deal fell through because there was a despite on if MarShon Brooks or Dillon Brooks was involved in a trade.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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