Ted Leonsis Rumors
Whatever his fate is, he’ll be a first ballot Hall of Famer. I hope he comes back. His deal is, he can say ‘I want to come back,’ and he would be welcomed with open arms. He might say ‘I don’t want to come back, I want to negotiate,’ and we would do that. He might say I want to go somewhere else. He’s earned that. “And we love Paul Pierce,” Leonsis said. “He knows where he stands in our desires. But it’s up to him now, and there’s probably no one in the NBA right now in that part of their career that’s earned that freedom to do what he thinks is best for he and his family.”
Ted Leonsis: “Paul Pierce is a Hall-of-Fame player, and he brought so much to the Wizards this year – on the court as well as off. When people struggle to describe the “It Factor,” all they need to do is look at Paul. He was an incredibly valuable piece to our puzzle this year, and he expressed to us what a positive experience he had with our team, organization and city. I hope he has a desire to return to the Wizards next season and continue to build upon what he started.”
Ted Leonsis’s desire to have a standalone practice facility built for his Washington Wizards is no secret. The Wizards owner has been on the record since the end of 2013 stating his intentions and though he still doesn’t know where exactly the facility will be located, he expects to know by the end of the summer. “I’m hoping by the end of the offseason to make an announcement that says this is the place that we’re going to build it and how long it will take,” Leonsis said Monday at Verizon Center after watching the Mystics and Minnesota Lynx take part in an experimental analytics scrimmage.
Grant Paulsen then wondered if Leonsis would text or call Wall to find out how the injury was healing. “No, I would never do that,” Leonsis said. “I think that would be inappropriate. He’s probably got enough pressure on himself. And to be straightforward, we’ve got to do what’s in the best interest of the player in this case, so you don’t want to do anything that would jeopardize his health in any way. And he’s such a competitive player, he’ll want to play. And it’ll be up to him and people around him and us to make sure that he doesn’t do anything that would hurt himself, because he’s going to have a really, really long career here.”