In the midst of a disappointing season, the Washington Wizards officially fired president Ernie Grunfield on Tuesday.
The dismissal comes less than a week after the team was mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. For just the second time in the last six seasons, the Wizards have missed the playoffs.
This puts the entire organization in a pickle. Washington has some talent, and kept itself afloat for most of the year. But there are clearly pieces missing. Should the team rebuild or go for it once more next season? On Tuesday, team owner Ted Leonsis gave his take.
In his response, Leonsis did not commit to a rebuild, nor did he commit to building a contender. But he admitted that the organization needs a reboot. Leonsis noted that Grunfield hired much of the organization. The team will need to find a new president of basketball operations, and re-work the organization from there.