The Wizards will promote interim GM Tommy Sheppard to the position on a permanent basis, Fred Katz of The Athletic tweets. The contract details are still being worked out but an official announcement could come within the next week, Katz adds. The news is affirmed by the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner.
The hiring of Sheppard, 50, would end a long and strange journey since the team fired longtime GM Ernie Grunfeld just before the end of the regular season. Sheppard has been in charge since April 2.
During the search, the Wizards reportedly made at a run at Raptors top executive Masai Ujiri, though owner Ted Leonsis later denied that he asked permission to speak with Ujiri. Washington also made an offer to Tim Connelly, but the executive chose to remain with the Nuggets as their team president.
The team also interviewed Gersson Rosas, who is now running the Timberwolves, along with Danny Ferry and Troy Weaver.