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Wizards to keep Ernie Grunfeld around a couple more years

Apr 24, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

Randy Wittman AP

Ernie Grunfeld will be charged with cleaning up his own mess.

The team president will stay as the man guiding the Wizards ship for at least a couple more years, reports (the Washington Post broke the story). Grunfeld has been with the team since 2003 and now will be with them through the summer of 2014 at least.

The Wizards have missed the playoffs the last four years and not had a winning percentage above .317 in that stretch. They have made the playoffs four of the nine years Grunfeld has been in charge but never advanced past the second round.

Despite having a potential superstar in No. 1 overall pick John Wall the Wizards surrounded him with guys such as Gilbert Arenas, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee and the team went nowhere and had a bad locker room. Grunfeld built that. Now he will be the guy charged with cleaning it up, something that started since owner Ted Leonsis came in and ordered a rebuild. A key move there was when McGee and Nick Young were moved for Nene this season. Flip Saunders was fired after a 2-15 start this season and the question now is what coach will come in to turn the culture and team around.

The Post says that a number of agents had reached out to Leonsis to promote new candidates for GM, but that Leonsis didn’t take their calls.

  1. seanb20124 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Good move Leonsis. Wall leaves via free agency in a couple of years.

  2. jesweeney11 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Grunfield seemed to have had a plan with the Knicks. Perhaps even a similar plan in Washington. Something is sorely amiss. Whether it is the plan or his ability to judge talent and mesh said talent into something more than a rec league team. Sad state of affairs in D.C.

  3. rajbais - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Welcome to the NBA where you can be rewarded for failing!!!!

    Just because a GM is good to fine-and-dine with it doesn’t mean he deserves to stay!!!!

    He, Joe Dumars, and Geoff Petrie are declining GM’s that give you no hope!!!

  4. flybirdhaters27 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    I have never seen a guy that is such a homer for drafting Eurotrash it is not even funny. Pecherov, Vesely, some guy named Olga? He’s an idiot and a joke, Leonsis is too for keeping him. The worst was the Arenas, Crittendon, Blatche mess, Jarvis Hayes, etc. He has no eye for talent. It’s like he has a blind dog at home, spins him all around and whatever photo he steps on first is who he drafts. The ‘stache can stay but Grunfeld’s gotta go!

  5. thebigkahuna23 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Way to stick with the bum leonsis.

  6. leearmon - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Remember during the lockout, and a majority of the posters on this site were screaming about how only large markets can be successful in the NBA? And a select group of us tried to inform the masses that market size has little to no affect on success, its management? Case in point, the Washington Wizards. The Wiz are in a top 10 market (last check dma 6) yet due to their ineptness in the front office they can’t sniff a winning franchise. In the last two seasons the Wizards have had 5, I repeat 5 first round picks (Wall, Booker, Serephin, Vesley, Singleton) of those 5, only three of them seem to be rotational NBA players (Wall, Serephin & Booker), and none of those 3 look to be anywhere close to a franchise savior. However, of those 3 Serephin is the best of the bunch, in regards to weighted pick. Wall has been as close to a bust for a #1 pick as you can imagine, and the scary thing is, in two years Ernie will probably give Wall a max $80 million extension. Its clear, he’s not worth the money, yet this team (for whatever reason) has decided to build around him. This decision to extend Grunfeld is a poor one, and as someone who lives in D.C. its sad to see a fanbase who loves basketball continue to go through such a putrid period of professional hoops. Two seasons ago Portland offered Batum for McGee (before McGee turned into the league’s laughing stock) Ernie decided to reject the offer, fast forward to this season, he trades for an awful contract for a player who’s never healthy, while Batum is on the verge to becoming a breakout star. I could continue and Im sure most Wizards fans could go through a laundry list of mistakes make by Ernie, now we have at least 2 more seasons to deal with.

    Market size huh? Try telling that to the fans of Utah, Memphis, Denver, Indiana, Oklahoma City and San Antonio.

  7. steviep23 - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Getting rid of McGee was good. Too bad nothing can ever take back the contract he gave to blatche.

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