After 16 years as General Manager, Ernie Grunfeld has been fired. Under Grunfeld, the Wizards made it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals four times but never got past the second round. Last year was their highest win/loss record with 49-33, but they never won more than 50 games in a season.
Grunfeld, unfortunately, made some poor decisions when drafting and trading. Last year, John Wall was signed to a four-year, 169-million contract extension that starts next season. Wall suffered a ruptured Achilles Tendon and had to undergo surgery for it. The healing process is 12 months, so he will likely be out some next season too. Dwight Howard was also given a 2 year contract but has only been able to play 9 games this season due to a back injury and then a hamstring injury during rehab. The Wizards will still have to pay these contracts and will have to find a way to rebuild their roster.
The Wizards Majority Owner, Ted Leonsis stated in the team’s press release:
“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. 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.”