After recently losing a key front office member earlier this week, the Wizards could find themselves having to replace multiple positions following the draft if recent reports turn into reality.
CSNwashington confirmed last week that director of player personnel Pat Connelly is joining the Phoenix Suns in an unspecified role. In recent days rumors surfaced that Milt Newton, the Wizards vice president of player personnel, could possibly join former Wizards head coach and new Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders and become Minnesota's general manager. The report from Darren Wolfson with 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis makes it sound as if possible is now likely, though not until after the June 27 draft.
"Multiple NBA sources say that Milt Newton, Wizards vice president of player personnel, is a good bet to be the Wolves' new general manager. That wouldn't happen until after the draft. We first reported the Wolves' interest in Newton via Twitter last week. Newton and Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders worked together in Washington. Those who know Newton say he's a rock-solid guy. Newton was in town earlier in the week for the draft workouts."
Newton, who heads the Wizards scouting department, joined the organization in 2003 joined the Wizards in 2003. The D.C. native previously aided in the creating of the NBDL, served as a scout with the 76ers and played on the University of Kansas' National Championship team in 1988.
Let's add a purely speculative rumor into the mix about another one of president Ernie Grunfeld's guys. Tommy Sheppard, the Wizards VP of basketball administration, previously served as the Denver Nuggets senior director for team services and player relations before coming to Washington. With Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri leaving to take over the Toronto Raptors front office, the GM position in Denver is now open. That led Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears to ponder short list options on Twitter.
Two assistant GMs with Nuggets ties to keep eye on as possible GM candidates include the Wizards' Tommy Sheppard & Bucks' Jeff Weltman.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 31, 2013
Like Grunfeld and Newton, Sheppard has also been with the franchise for 10 years. If all this buzz and activity is somehow a precursor for what is about to transpire with the Wizards during the NBA Draft, we certainly won't be lacking for blog post ideas.