HoopsHype Ernie Grunfeld rumors

June 3, 2014 Updates
May 5, 2014 Updates

Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld - After saving Ted Leonsis almost $100 million during a reputation-swallowing rebuild, the ErnDog showed he stills knows how to build a contender. No other GM observes Earth Day like Ernie, who is able to recycle trash into Trevor Ariza. 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.) Washington Post

May 1, 2014 Updates

Leonsis declined to comment on the futures of Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld and Coach Randy Wittman. “I don’t think it’s appropriate to talk about people’s contracts when you’re in the playoffs,” Leonsis said. “What I’ve said all along, and what I’ll say is, I only can worry about what I’m dealing with on a one-to-one basis with management. When we bought the Wizards not even four years ago, I made the assessment that there was less risk in blowing the team up and starting from scratch than there was in trying to build around it. “We had lots of conversations with Ernie and Ernie was very, very straightforward with me, which was, ‘Well, I can guarantee you that you’re going to be really, really bad.’ We played five rookies the first year that we owned the team. We had five starting players who were rookies. We weren’t trying to tank; we just had so many first-year players. … Everyone in the organization has done a good job, but it starts with the players, and then the coach.” Washington Post

April 5, 2014 Updates

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that guard Glen Rice has been recalled from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. Rice will be with the team for tonight’s game vs. Chicago. In two separate assignments with the Energy, Rice has appeared in 19 games while averaging 17.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals in 28 minutes per game. NBA.com

November 22, 2013 Updates

The Wizards had lofty expectations for returning to the playoffs this season, and given how bad the East is, it's too early to discount them in that endeavor. But with a 4-7 record, the results have been mixed so far, to put it kindly. League sources wonder how long GM Ernie Grunfeld can remain in self-preservation mode. Speaking of self-preservation, continued struggles in Washington would put coach Randy Wittman in a race with the coach of our next team in the Misery Index to see who will be the first coach to be fired this season. CBSSports.com

November 12, 2013 Updates

Leonsis inherited a mess with the Wizards, and he’s embarked on a rebuilding process similar to the one that brought the Capitals out of the doldrums. But the Wizards were a combined 86 games under .500 over the last three NBA seasons, and eventually the longsuffering fans need to get their payoff. It’s worth noting that both team president Ernie Grunfeld and coach Randy Wittman are in the final year of their contracts. Washington Times

November 5, 2013 Updates

Bernard King says he dealt with racism off the court that included clashes with police while starring for Tennessee in the 1970s. In an ESPN "30 for 30" documentary airing today, King said that former Volunteers coach Ray Mears warned him that he'd heard some local officers would "do anything to get him." King, the first former Tennessee player inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, cites one incident in which he says an officer hit him in the head with the butt of his gun while responding to a loitering report. The documentary, "Bernie and Ernie," focuses on the friendship of King and ex-college teammate Ernie Grunfeld. Philadelphia Inquirer

October 7, 2013 Updates

"I'm tired of losing. It's not a lot of fun coming to games knowing, 'This is going to be a tough night.' We're just at that point now, it's the fourth year, we've retained our players, we've added players, we've spent a lot of money. And I expect us to be a playoff-caliber team. I think our fan base expects that too and that's the pressure I've placed on our organization, that we have to meet the expectations of our fans -- and it's time." -- Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, to local reporters, throwing down the gauntlet for his team to improve upon its dismal showings of the last few years. Both general manager Ernie Grunfeld and coach Randy Wittman are entering the final years of their respective contracts. NBA.com

September 26, 2013 Updates

“I’ll have to cross that bridge when I get to it,” Leonsis said. “I’ll have to see what the circumstances are, just like we do with every team, and every owner does. How does the season turn out and what happened? But certainly right now, I’m very very happy with the job the front office has done. “Ernie on the hot seat?” asked Owens, who has a lot more chuztpah than I do. “We’re all on the hot seat,” Leonsis answered. “I’m on the hot seat. If the ratings aren’t good, you’ll be on the hot seat, too. I mean, we live in very accountable businesses, and we’re all accountable.” Washington Post

September 16, 2013 Updates
August 14, 2013 Updates

“Al’s all-around game and reputation as a leader make him a solid fit with our team,” Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement. “He will give us additional depth and experience in the frontcourt, the ability to stretch defenses and another proven veteran in the locker room.” Washington Post

July 31, 2013 Updates

John Wall: Words can't explain how blessed and happy I am! I want to thank my owner Mr Ted Leonsis, GM Ernie Grunfeld and the whole @WashWizards staff! Twitter @John_Wall

July 15, 2013 Updates
July 13, 2013 Updates

Prior to the draft, Grunfeld said the Wizards might already have a player capable of being a “stretch four” already on the roster. The summer league will serve as an important time for both Vesely and Singleton to distinguish themselves as they head into possibly their final seasons in Washington. The Wizards also have the expiring contracts of Okafor ($14.5 million) and Ariza ($7.7 million) to use as trade chips for possible upgrades, as well. “We expect to have everybody back,” Grunfeld said, “but having said that, if the right opportunity comes along, it’s something that we’ll look at, but right now we expect to have everybody that we have on the roster currently, and we are having conversations as we move along like every team is.” Washington Post

July 10, 2013 Updates

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has re-signed forward Martell Webster. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. "Martell’s versatility and shooting ability combined with his experience and leadership make him a valuable part of our team," said Grunfeld. “We are very pleased to have him back both on the court and in the locker room and look forward to his continued contributions to our success." NBA.com

"Martell’s versatility and shooting ability combined with his experience and leadership make him a valuable part of our team," said Grunfeld. “We are very pleased to have him back both on the court and in the locker room and look forward to his continued contributions to our success." NBA.com

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