Exactly one month before the June 27 NBA Draft, the Wizards are losing a key member of their front office.
CSNwashington has confirmed Wizards director of player personnel Pat Connelly is joining the Phoenix Suns' scouting department in an unspecified role. The Arizona Republic first reported the news including former Los Angeles Lakers assistant general manager Ronnie Lester also headed to Phoenix.
The Suns recently named former Boston Celtics assistant general manager Ryan McDonough as the team's GM. The report says McDonough "talked about following Boston’s tighter front office model with 'master evaluators' who could scout and compare players from any college or league."
Connelly spent the past seven seasons with the Wizards. As for his role in Washington, the team's media guide states "Connelly is primarily tasked as being one of the Wizards top scouting sources of collegiate and international talent."
The timing of Connelly's departure seems less than ideal from the Wizards perspective, though it's currently uncertain the degree to which president Ernie Grunfeld and the organization were unaware of the scenario. Washington is expected to begin bringing draft prospects to the Verizon Center for workouts starting during the first week of June.