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Fire that rotten GM!

This was an article written by Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report.

He assembled a ridiculously expensive NBA team that won nothing.

He gave a gigantic contract to an injured player and has produced almost nothing for 3 years.

He traded away a lottery pick for two mediocre players because he thought his bad team was ready to win right now.

His name is Ernie Grunfeld and unfortunately he's the general manager of the Washington Wizards. If the above wasn't enough for you to fire this comically-incompetent bonehead, we now get word that the Wizards have decided to let Alonzo Gee, the talented and cheap 6'6" wing player who scored 19 points in his first NBA start, leave for absolutely nothing. That's right, the San Antonio Spurs, a team with an NBA GM who as actually won something [well, a lot of something] have signed Gee to a contract that guarantees him for the rest of the year and gives him an un-guaranteed deal for next season, too.

Gee's second 10-day contract expired on Sunday and the Wizards could have easily signed him up for the rest of the season, particularly since he had played pretty well and had recently moved into the starting lineup due to injuries to players like Randy Foye and Al Thornton.

How did this happen? On Friday night, Michael Lee tweeted that Wizards head coach Flip Saunders said the Wizards would sign Gee for the rest of the season. In other words, the coach wanted Gee and thought he would be around. However, the team has now decided that they don't want to tie up cap space next year on Alonzo Gee. However, this is an incredibly stupid argument to make. First of all, Gee will cost very little next season -- probably around the NBA minimum -- so the cap argument is absurd. Secondly, the Spurs gave him a non-guaranteed contract for next year so they have -- wait for it -- ZERO cap space tied up in Gee next year. If the Spurs did this, the Wizards obviously could have and should have done this.

The Wizards brought Gee up, saw him play well, gave him a few starts, glimpsed the potential in his considerable athleticism, and then let him walk away to a better team FOR NO GOOD REASON!

I understand Gee is unlikely to be the difference between a good and bad team next year for the Wizards, but the guy can play and to give him away for nothing, for no reason, is just further evidence of the amazingly inept way this team is run from the front office.

When Ted Leonsis, current owner of the Washington Capitals and future owner of the Washington Wizards, first bought the Caps, he made a smart decision by hanging on to the GM from the previous regime, George McPhee. In the years since, McPhee has abundantly justified Leonsis' faith in him. This just demonstrates that what Leonsis did with the Capitals cannot be replicated move for move with the Wizards. The Wizards are a far more troubled, chronically mismanaged team. The late Abe Pollin never won a championship with the Capitals, as he did with the Wizards more than 30 years ago, but he really did a better job running the Caps. The Caps were certainly not a great team when Leonsis bought them, but they were better than the Wizards; they were not a national joke.

The Wizards are a mess and Ernie Grunfeld is the single biggest reason why this is so. Job #1 for Leonsis, upon taking control of the team, will be to fire Ernie Grunfeld and get a good general manager to make this franchise into something other than an embarrassing laughingstock.

First, fire Ernie Grunfeld. Then go on from there.


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Tom Threlkerd writes for DC

Tom Threlkerd writes for DC Pro Sports Report, not the Washington Post.

http://www.dcprosportsreport.com/articles/washington-wizards/fire-that-rotten-gm.html 

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^^i was just about to say

^^i was just about to say

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Wow

You would think a bad team that is obviously in rebuilding mode would be on the lookout for cheap young talent. The Arenas contract was made much worse by not just the recent events, but by the fact that the Wizards paid him way more than anyone else could have offered. Nothing wrong with paying your own guy a little more to give him some incentive to stay, but not tens of millions more.

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Wow

You would think a bad team that is obviously in rebuilding mode would be on the lookout for cheap young talent. The Arenas contract was made much worse by not just the recent events, but by the fact that the Wizards paid him way more than anyone else could have offered. Nothing wrong with paying your own guy a little more to give him some incentive to stay, but not tens of millions more.

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hindsite.. many times a

hindsite.. many times a player gets padi and no one says anything untill it doesnt work out. when agent zero was getting those great numbers and battling lebron and not being injuried no one had any problem with paying him those millions. its very easy to say all this stuff now that hes not fully healthy and his troubles. youll always have some people who will say " yeah i was one of the ones who complained about it back then or recently" with zero proof to back that up

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My bad. I wrote the wrong

My bad. I wrote the wrong company down.

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i thought his deal and the

i thought his deal and the Rashard deal were terrible no matter how well they would play. From a business side who does that. Who outbids themselves. That is a risky move and for the Washington Wizards it backfired big time and for Orlando well hey they could have had more free agent money.

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The Elton Brand deal, Corey

The Elton Brand deal, Corey Magette deal, Baron Davis deal were all terrible when they were made. No one else would have paid either Magette Brand that money. Davis would have gotten a cheaper deal by other teams that were not over impressed with him. There are some other deals that were really stupid as well too. I know it could happen ever now and then by any and every team but some teams make it a habit to make stupid moves all the time.

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a deal only becomes real bad

a deal only becomes real bad if it blows up in there face. orlando made it to the finals and could make it again. the goals of paying for these players is to get there and win the title and making it there isnt that bad. much better then having money for a free agent and hoping you can get someone who can take you there and if you dont then you are sitting there wishing you would have paid that money because you could have gotten to the finals or won

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