Tommy Sheppard Rumors

Coach Randy Wittman and Tommy Sheppard, senior vice president of basketball operations, are leaving Friday to visit Gortat who has been coordinating basketball camps across his homeland. Wizards assistant coach Pat Sullivan already has been there assisting Gortat, who is coming off one of his best seasons as a pro — and his first in Washington — with 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri, who worked previously for the Nuggets as a scout, is also scheduled to interview with Denver this week. And Washington Wizards exec Tommy Sheppard, who likewise worked for the Nuggets for years before joining the Wiz in 2003, is another frequently mentioned candidate who is admired by Nuggets coach George Karl and other key figures in the organization. It is not yet known, even if Griffin is the first choice, whether Denver intends to hire one or two replacements for the Chapman/Warkentien tag team. The lone certainty is that Josh Kroenke will have a far bigger say in Nuggets matters from now on, which potentially includes assuming his father’s title as Nuggets owner if Stan Kroenke, as expected, is soon approved as majority owner of the St. Louis Rams.
At least two new candidates have emerged in the Phoenix Suns’ search for a general manager to work under new head of basketball operations Lon Babby, according to sources close to the process. Sources told ESPN.com that Babby is considering former New Orleans Hornets general manager Jeff Bower and Washington Wizards executive Tommy Sheppard along with Cleveland Cavaliers assistant general manager Lance Blanks, who interviewed Friday with the Suns.
Tommy Sheppard, the Wizards’ vice president of basketball operations, will interview with the New Orleans Hornets for their vacant general manager position, a source confirmed. Sheppard, who recently completed his seventh season in Washington, has made it clear he has ambitions to be a GM, interviewing with Seattle in 2007. The story was first reported by NBA.com’s David Aldridge.