If you’ve been a Washington Wizards fan for a long time, you’d know that general manager Ernie Grunfeld isn’t a fan favorite. In fact, Wizards supporters have wanted him ousted for as long as I could remember, but after advancing to the second round of the NBA Playoffs, it looks like Grunfeld isn’t leaving the nation’s capital just yet.
Prior to the beginning of the NBA season, we were running on the assumption that both Grunfeld and head coach Randy Wittman were in their final seasons under their current contracts. Well, it looks like we were wrong in Grunfeld’s case.
Getting Marcin Gortat for Emeka Okafor before the season . . . brilliant. Andre Miller as a rent-a-vet? Solid. Oh, and who knew he had another year left on his deal after this season that no one knew about until now (That’s right, a little news for you.)
Now that Washington has made the semi-finals and might even be favored over the Indiana Pacers, both Grunfeld and Wittman are expected to stick around. Of course, both guys have achieved what they set out to achieve at the beginning of the season and based on their goals, they probably deserve to stick around for a little longer.
Grunfeld has acquired multiple veterans that have helped Washington make the postseason, while Wittman has had the Wizards playing top-10 defense ever since he took over a couple of years ago. The players, including John Wall, Bradley Beal, Nene and Marcin Gortat, have had nothing but good things to say about the coaching staff and front office, and I’d be shocked if we saw any changes made in leader positions.
This will undoubtedly be met with scrutiny from the fans, but based on this season, I think we all saw this coming. Grunfeld and Wittman are here to stay.