Wizards dismiss team president Grunfeld

Wizards dismiss team president Grunfeld

Grunfeld also won a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics as a member of Team USA.

In a statement, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said the move was made because the team's performance did not meet expectations.

According to a press release from the franchise, Grunfeld has been fired as president of the Wizards after 16 years on the job. "I wish to thank Ernie for his service to the Washington Wizards".

Leonsis specifically cited the team's failure to make the playoffs as a reason Grunfeld was let go.

"Grunfeld was hired prior to the 2003-04 season and compiled a record of 568-724 during his tenure with the franchise", the National Basketball Association said in an online statement.

It looks like the last few Wizards home games are going to be a fun place to be even though the team isn't headed for the playoffs.

Wall is expected to be sidelined for much, if not all, of next season, too.

The Wizards had a 568-724 record during Grunfeld's tenure with eight playoff appearances.

With John Wall's contract looking like an albatross and a lack of younger assets, the Wizards are set to undergo a critical rebuilding period.

The Wizards have fired their president and general manager after almost 16 seasons at the helm of the club, the team announced on Tuesday.

After a few poor seasons, Grunfeld was able to build another victor in Washington, D.C. The Wizards made the Conference Semifinals three times between 2013 and 2017.

Tommy Sheppard will take over Grunfeld's duties for now and will be a candidate to replace him permanently.

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