WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Washington Wizards will not have to worry about whether to re-sign General Manager Ernie Grunfeld, or let him walk, if a nugget from the Washington Post’s Mike Wise is to be believed.
Seventeen paragraphs into his recent column addressing the current constructs of the 2nd-round playoff-bound Wizards, Wise buried a bombshell that contradicts everything we’ve believed the last two years, regarding Grunfeld’s two-year contract extension in 2012 which was supposed to expire following this season.
Pay close attention to the last line, via Mike Wise:
“After saving Ted Leonsis almost $100 million during a reputation-swallowing rebuild, the ErnDog showed he stills knows how to build a contender. No other GM observes Earth Day like Ernie, who is able to recycle trash into Trevor Ariza. Getting Marcin Gortat for Emeka Okafor before the season . . . brilliant. Andre Miller as a rent-a-vet? Solid. Oh, and who knew he had another year left on his deal after this season that no one knew about until now (That’s right, a little news for you.)”
How such an important detail could go unrecognized, or withheld, for so long seems unconscionable.
But if the details in Wise’s column are to be taken at face value, then the Wizards will not have to worry about re-signing Grunfeld, or not re-signing him for that matter, whenever their run in the 2014 NBA Playoffs ultimately ends.
Unless of course Wise is holding out on another choice piece of knowledge…
FWIW, I didn't think Ernie's extra year on contract was any big deal because I'm almost positive it will renegotiated this summer.—
Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) May 05, 2014