While the Wizards were halfway through their demolition of the Bobcats, Michael Lee dropped a huge news bomb regarding the future of Ernie Grunfeld.
From Lee’s report on WashingtonPost.com
Grunfeld and owner Ted Leonsis have tentatively agreed to a deal that is believed to be for more than one year, a deal that would keep the team’s architect in Washington contractually until at least the end of the 2013-2014 season. Financial terms were not known, but Grunfeld’s present deal was set to expire at the end of this season. He has been the Wizards’ chief decision-maker since the late Abe Pollin hired him to take over the franchise in 2003
We knew that team owner Ted Leonsis was only going to evaluate what Grunfeld did the past two seasons while he was the owner. With that being the case, this news is certainly predictable. Grunfeld has done what Leonsis as asked in terms of rebuilding with young players, focusing on the draft, and clearing cap space.
However, I still find this decision to be a little odd at this time. We had heard numerous rumors about potential GM candidates like Danny Ferry being in play for the Wizards this summer, but instead of interviewing a single outside candidate, Leonsis decided that he would just go ahead and give Ernie Grunfeld an extension now.
I certainly don’t agree with Leonsis’ decision, but let’s just hope that Ernie being back as GM isn’t the end of the world.