After losing their first member of the front office, Pat Connelly, to the Phoenix Suns, the Washington Wizards have reportedly lost Milt Newton to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Former Wizards head coach, and now current president of basketball operations of the Timberwolves, Flip Saunders, was obviously familiar with Newton during his short stint in the nation’s capital. Saunders was seeking a general manager, and he looks to have found one in Washington’s brass.
Newton was the Vice President of the Wizards’ Player Personnel staff and had been with the organization for the past decade. Washington has decided to replace Pat Connelly with a scout from the Oklahoma City Thunder, so I’ll be interested to see who they’ll ultimately decide to replace Newton with.
Washington Wizards Vice President of player personnel, Milt Newton, will join the Timberwolves as the team’s general manager, according to a team source. Newton will be heavily involved in pro scouting.
Milt Newton was partially in charge of helping Wizards general manager, Ernie Grunfeld, familiarize himself with some of the talent available in the NBA Draft. Washington doesn’t have a very good track record during the draft, so I’m not sure how valuable Newton really was to the team.
Nevertheless, the Wizards seem to be losing large chunks of their front office staff, but Ernie Grunfeld still remains. We obviously cannot assume much from their situations, but it’s clear that these former members of Washington’s brass are getting promotions in other organizations.
We’ll keep you updated on the situation.