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.
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has promoted Tommy Sheppard to senior vice president of basketball operations. In addition, the team has named Marc Eversley as vice president of scouting, Frank Ross as director of player personnel, Greg Ballard as advance pro scout and Thomas Knox as director of player performance and rehabilitation while promoting Ed Tapscott to vice president of player programs, Pat Sullivan to assistant coach, Brett Greenberg to director of basketball analytics/salary cap management, Bryan Oringher to video coordinator and Ryan Richman to assistant video coordinator.
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.