The Washington Wizards finally bit the bullet and fired longtime general manager Ernie Grunfeld on Tuesday.
It’s been a long time coming for one of the most disappointing organizations in the entire sports world.
Following Grunfeld’s ousting, injured Wizards star John Wall thanked the former general manager while looking ahead to the future.
Hired to head the Wizards’ front office all the way back in June of 2003, Grunfeld oversaw eight playoff appearances from Washington. Unfortunately, the team never made it past the conference semifinals.
Including the Achilles injury Wall has suffered through, this season has been an unmitigated disaster in the nation’s capital. Grunfeld’s decision to match a max-contract offer to the recently traded Otto Porter Jr. back in July of 2017 has played into the woes in D.C.
As it relates to Wall, we have no idea what his future might hold. Grunfeld is the one who signed him to a max deal back in July of 2017. Neither that contract or the above-mentioned Porter deal have panned out for the Wizards.