Ernie Grunfeld Rumors
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld received a contract extension months before the team concluded its inconsistent 2017-18 season and bowed out in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs as the eighth seed. When reached for comment, a spokesman for majority owner Ted Leonsis and his company Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which runs the Wizards, declined to address the terms of the deal. According to a person close to the situation, however, the Wizards offered the extension in the fall.
Chase Hughes: Bradley Beal said he has been consulted by the Wizards front office on free agent moves: ‘[Grunfeld] asked me my opinion on some guys, some guys he was thinking about bringing in. I give him my honest opinion.’
Candace Buckner: Beal explaining the communication with #Wizards’ front office. They will ask his opinion about potential signings but ultimately the final decisions he’ll leave to Ernie Grunfeld. “That’s Ernie’s job,” Beal said about what the team needs to improve.
Candace Buckner: #Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld’s statement on Jodie Meeks: “We’ve spoken with Jodie and he has informed us that he and his agent will be appealing this decision. We will let that process play out and will not have further comment while we keep our focus on the playoffs.”
“Ty’s experience and ability will give us extra depth in the backcourt during the playoffs,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. “He’s a veteran player who can score and distribute while bringing additional postseason experience.”
As Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston over the weekend, Washington Wizards players John Wall and Bradley Beal decided to help. The pair reached out to teammates through a group text message, leading the effort to raise money for people affected by the hurricane and historical flooding in Southeast Texas. By Monday, the players’ donations had reached $250,000 with more dollars expected. According to a team source, Markieff Morris and Otto Porter Jr. were two of the first players to respond to the group message and give money, and the players’ impromptu fundraising has spread throughout the Wizards organization. Majority team owner Ted Leonsis, President Ernie Grunfeld and Coach Scott Brooks also have personally donated money to the American Red Cross, and the organization over the Wizards, Capitals and Mystics’ charities — MSE Foundation — has contributed to the players’ amount.