The Wizards' search for a new GM is heating up

Josh Luckenbaugh
May 01, 2019 - 11:12 am
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The Wizards' search for Ernie Grunfeld's successor ramped up Tuesday, the team interviewing a trio of general manager candidates. 

Washington interviewed former Pelicans interim GM Danny Ferry, Rockets VP of basketball operations Gersson Rosas and Thunder VP of basketball operations Troy Weaver Tuesday. Additionally, Wizards interim GM Tommy Sheppard and Nuggets team president Tim Connelly are also considered candidates for the permanent GM opening, according to The Washington Post's Candace Buckner.

Danny Ferry may be a familiar name to long-time Wizards fans: his father, Bob Ferry, was the GM when the Washington Bullets won their lone NBA championship in 1978.  

There's also a wild card name in the mix, per NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig: Raptors GM Masai Ujiri. However, Standig notes that while Ujiri "is intrigued by the idea of moving to Washington," the Raptors are "are unlikely to let Ujiri interview for any current opening."

Sheppard has served as Washington's interim GM since Grunfeld's firing on April 2. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has previously said the Wizards' permanent GM position "is the best important open job in all of sports right now."

"I think Washington, D.C. and our fan base is fantastic. I think our investment in infrastructure is second to none, and I think people believe in our ownership group," Leonsis said during an April 3 press conference. "We have the most diverse, one of the most powerful ownership groups, and we're very, very focused on trying to make everything we touch world-class."

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