HoopsHype Ernie Grunfeld rumors

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

July 2, 2013 Updates

The day before he agreed to remain with the Wizards, Martell Webster was at relative ease. He spoke briefly with Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld on Monday but left the negotiations up to his agent, Dan Fegan, and even took some time catch the new Superman movie, “Man of Steel,” at the Gallery Place theater next to Verizon Center. “No stress. No stress,” Webster said of his emotions during the free agent recruiting period in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “I’ve been blessed to play this game. I was never worried about basketball. I always knew that if I take care of what I need to take care of, things will fall into place. And they did.” Washington Post

May 31, 2013 Updates

Coach Randy Wittman and GM Ernie Grunfeld have said they don’t want to add three rookies to the 2013-14 roster, meaning they would like to explore dealing at least one pick, maybe both in the second round, in a package for a veteran. According to persons with knowledge of the situation, the Wizards will bring in about six players each day through Friday. Six is the maximum teams are allowed. CSN has confirmed some of the names. Lottery picks such as Otto Porter (Georgetown), Victor Oladipo (Indiana) and Ben McLemore (Kansas), who could be available when the Wizards pick No. 3 overall, will not be among this first wave but could come here the following week. CSNWashington.com

April 29, 2013 Updates

The following statement is from Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld on behalf of the team: “We are extremely proud of Jason and support his decision to live his life proudly and openly. He has been a leader on and off the court and an outstanding teammate throughout his NBA career. Those qualities will continue to serve him both as a player and as a positive role model for others of all sexual orientation.” NBA.com

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