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Could Brown's possible exit lead to Wizards front-office shake-up?

Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting today that Charlotte's vagabond Coach Larry Brown could again be on the move after leading the Bobcats to their first-ever playoff appearance. Wojnarowski writes, "Brown is angling to take the Philadelphia 76ers' presidency, and has targeted Washington Wizards front office executive Milt Newton as his general manager and the Atlanta Hawks' Mike Woodson as coach, sources said."

The speculation involving Newton, the Wizards' vice president of player personnel, is not far fetched. Newton, 44, was a member of the 1988 Kansas national championship team under Brown and remains close with his former coach.

His name also surfaced as a possible general manager candidate five years ago when Brown nearly took over as head of basketball operations in Cleveland. Brown engaged in talks with the Cavaliers while the Detroit Pistons were seeking to repeat as NBA champions against the San Antonio Spurs. Newton interviewed with the Cavaliers and was considered a leading candidate for the job, which eventually went to Danny Ferry.

Ed Stefanski currently serves as president and general manager for the 76ers, but has drawn criticism for overpaying both Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala, letting Andre Miller leave for Portland, and hiring Eddie Jordan, whose only season as coach in Philadelphia was a disaster.

Brown coached the 76ers from 1997 to 2003, leading the franchise to the NBA Finals in 2001, but his wife, Shelly, and children, A.J. and Madison, never left Philadelphia even after he made stops in Detroit, New York and Charlotte. According to a league source, Brown has grown weary of the arrangement and would like to return home. New Bobcats owner Michael Jordan reportedly gave Brown permission to leave for a position that involves having authority over basketball decisions. Charlotte trails Orlando three games to none in its best-of-seven first-round series.

Brown has been linked to Philadelphia for some time, and the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Monday that the team plans to speak with Brown about a job once the Bobcats are eliminated from the playoffs. Brown reportedly advised Comcast Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider, with whom he remains close, not to fire Eddie Jordan during the season. Jordan, the former Wizards coach, was let go two weeks ago.

A native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and raised in the District, Newton has been with the Wizards for the past seven seasons, and directs the overall scouting efforts for the franchise. He leads the Wizards' pre-draft efforts in scouting and conducts the workouts for draft candidates. He also oversaw the creation of team's scouting database and assists with salary cap and player management. Newton, with his straight-forward approach, has been considered a rising executive for some time. He was instrumental in the Wizards selecting JaVale McGee and Nick Young late in the first round, and finding Andray Blatche and Dominic McGuire in the second round.

By Michael Lee  |  April 26, 2010; 7:04 PM ET
 
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Wow big loss...young, mcguire and mcgee were big finds

Posted by: theredskin | April 26, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

"In Grunfeld We Trust"
We don't need Larry Brown as he's just a little too mercurial and has no experience as a GM. We've already got the best man for the job!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | April 26, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I'd hate to see Milt lave, but I sincerely hop EG stays... All of the folks being cynical about EG must not remember when this franchise had no hopes of making the playoffs... At least EG has found a way to make the Wizards relevant (most of the time)...

Posted by: cedric_lockhart | April 26, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

relevant... ha ha.

Posted by: frigate32 | April 26, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Marc Gasol was drafted right after Dominic and Rudy fernandez was after NY, and Rajon Rondo was drafted lower than Pech. How is that for scouting

Posted by: jefferu | April 26, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

We just concluded another disasterous season and the man who put it all together, EG, is now being asked to stay by some of these posters? Fool me once and its shame on you, but fool me twice and it's shame on me.

Posted by: dandyhuffman | April 26, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

"Marc Gasol was drafted right after Dominic and Rudy fernandez was after NY, and Rajon Rondo was drafted lower than Pech. How is that for scouting. Posted by: jefferu"

An inexact science, that's what it is. Particularly where the Europeans are concerned. Scouts don't see them enough, so they end up taking somebody else's word for it. Some years every team seems to want a Eurotrash big man; other years the Euro seems thoroughly devalued.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 26, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Newton has been with the Wizards for the past seven seasons, and directs the overall scouting efforts for the franchise. He leads the Wizards' pre-draft efforts in scouting and conducts the workouts for draft candidates. He also oversaw the creation of team's scouting database and assists with salary cap and player management.

Who knew the Wizards did any scouting?

Assisted in making sure the Wizards didn't go over the salary cap I believe!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 26, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

team's scouting database

Mike do some real reporting a find a leak in the Wizards organization who will copy that database.

Last year would read nobody worth picking after the 4th pick and the NBA rules state you have to pick Rubio with the #5 pick?

Curry will never be able to score in the NBA.

Jennings played overseas and we don't know how to scout overseas players.

Blair plays like a real power forward and we like our players to be more versatile.

Would prefer a tall skinny player who needs to learn how to play the game versus a guy who rebounds and can use his body.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 27, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

How can the Wizards even think of letting the man who was instrumental in drafting McGee, Young, Blatche and McGuire go?

What's w/ Larry Brown? Once again he's coaching one team and working a back door deal w/ another. His act has worn really thin.

Posted by: randysbailin | April 27, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Kind of curious he came aboard whiles' Jordan was here and Larry Brown has his eye on him. Hummm.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 27, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Come on dude Brown staying put,didn't you hear wilborn and Kornhiser say it monday?

Come on let's put on our thanking cap!

Posted by: shamken | April 27, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Nick Young will NEVER develop into an NBA player. Ernie's front office needs to be replaced. The only positive thing this FO has ever done was dump all there original players to free up cap space. As good as that was that should be clearly defined as EPIC FAILURE. Please go out and get a young GM with a vision of today's NBA.

Posted by: dougieyoung1 | April 27, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

All of the folks being cynical about EG must not remember when this franchise had no hopes of making the playoffs..
Posted by: cedric_lockhart

When do you mean, one month ago?

Posted by: millineumman | April 27, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

The bottom line is that the GM, and the scouting department need to be replaced.
The group has had a lot of years to build a team..and actually they were a lot worse this year, than last with all the injuries. I know they traded the three big guys..but prior to that they were loosing.

This year the Wiz will have one of the top picks...possibly no. 1. They simply must get a dominating player. The Trailblazers could have picked Durrant a couple of years ago...think they are still not having night mares over that mistake?

Posted by: blazerguy234 | April 27, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Hind sight remains 20/20.
If we could only find a GM the league would allow to draft a year or 2 after the fact. Perhaps one of the genius bloggers from this site?

Posted by: mricklen | April 27, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse


Newton: like the rats jumping off a sinking ship.
"Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting today that Charlotte's vagabond Coach Larry Brown". M Lee
vagabond? word descriptions like that reveal more about you than Larry Brown. You Mike Lee are like the Wizards, a loser.

Posted by: frigate32 | April 27, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

If not that then just a GM that can draft one productive NBA player during a their five yeat tenure. Also one of the nonchalant sarcastic bloggers could be the owner, that way no one's job would be questioned.

Posted by: millineumman | April 27, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Brown did committ his allegience to Jordan last night as a coach. However, I think Philly wants him as the GM don't they?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 27, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Team President I meant to say.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 27, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

But, isn't is ironic that Michael Jordan has been the only real president of Basketball operations that this Team has had?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 27, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

An up and coming Exec because he drafted nick young, dray blatche and Javel Mcgee! PLEASE. The guy should be fired along with Ernie but instead he'll be rewarded. I guess I'm just out of touch with the NBA anymore because those three players would be 8 minute guys on any quality NBA team that I remember if they saw the floor at all.

Posted by: jdb70 | April 27, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

you must be out of touch because there are several playoff teams that could use AB for a lot more than 8mins. And I bet Dallas wouldnt mind giving JM and NY a little burn ahead of BTH and CB right about now, not that it would be the difference for them.

Posted by: divi3 | April 27, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Hind sight remains 20/20.
If we could only find a GM the league would allow to draft a year or 2 after the fact. Perhaps one of the genius bloggers from this site?

Posted by: mricklen | April 27, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

mricklen

I take it you didn't read any of the posts about Ernie trading the 5th pick for MM and Foye or the posts the day after the draft when a lot of us were against passing on Blair?

It's not hindsight when a person disagrees with something and is willing to write his opinion at the time.

Yes, there are people like kal who is afraid to make a prediction and then will claim he was right, but some of us (ME) were right about Abe, Ernie, and the Wizard organization.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 27, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Uh, am I wrong or in the last 7 years haven't the Wizards drafted exactly one starting caliber player (if you don't include Devin Harris)? They have the worst draft history in the league - they discount the importance of picks and when they deign to make them they draft busts. Nick Young will never be a star player in this league. Andray Blatche was a great second round pick, but not someone you want to build your team around, and McGuire was so good they dumped him for just about nothing.

Let's clean house and start over.

And let's underline this point - Wes Unseld made far better draft choices than the current regime, and he's one of the worst GMs in the history of the league.

Posted by: flipper5000 | April 27, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

How many players are there that you can really build your team around, and when are they usually drafted? Which franchise cornerstone did EG miss drafting?

For the record, I'm ambivalent on EG staying or going in Leonsis' first year though I think he and Flip will have 1 more season to prove they can win

Posted by: divi3 | April 27, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

"It's not hindsight when a person disagrees with something and is willing to write his opinion at the time. Yes, there are people like kal who is afraid to make a prediction and then will claim he was right, but some of us (ME) were right about Abe, Ernie, and the Wizard organization.Posted by: bulletsfan78"

It's still hindsight, because at the time, none of us knew how things would turn out. All we had was opinion based on conjecture. For instance, Blair could easily have broken down last season, or could this coming season. If he does, does that mean you were wrong in wanting the Wiz to draft him? Of course not. You simply favored upside over downside. You gambled.

That's what the Wiz did with the 5th pick, too. They didn't have to pick Rubio -- they could have picked Jordan Hill, who's already been traded. I was an early supporter of Jennings, but I know I could have easily been wrong about him. All it would have taken was a twist of ligaments and he'd have been a certified bust. Like Greg Oden, a guy that 75% of NBA teams would have chosen over Kevin Durant if they had the opportunity.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 27, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Come on Samson151, lets give hindsight it's full due and nothing more. If you are able to call it in real time, it's not hindsight my good man.

As you point out, our opinions may well turn out different than we thought at the time, but that fact does not make our opinions at the time hindsight.

Hindsight is clearly making an opinion about something that has already occurred and not what BulletsFan78 is alluding to.

BulletsFan78 is clearing referring to realtime opinions held and made by some that cannot be refuted now, so you would not be proper in saying those opinions were hindsight.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 27, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Marc Gasol was drafted right after Dominic and Rudy fernandez was after NY, and Rajon Rondo was drafted lower than Pech. How is that for scouting

Posted by: jefferu | April 26, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

beautiful

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | April 27, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

"Yes, there are people like kal who is afraid to make a prediction"

Yeah, like when I was afraid to predict that the big three was not a contending team and wouldn't win a title while this board was alive with people doing the 50-win happy dance before the season started. Oh wait, I did predict that. Or when I was afraid to predict that Arenas wouldn't get jail time. Oh wait, I did predict that. Or when I was afraid to predict that Oberto would have no impact on the the team while half the people here were predicting he'd be a great veteran mentor for McGee and Blatche. Oh wait, I did predict that. Or like I was afraid to predict that the Mavs trade would not be a lopsided windfall for Dallas when almost everyone here was saying the Wizards got fleeced. Oh wait, I did predict that. Or when I was afraid to predict that Haywood would end up being Dampier's backup. Oh wait, I did predict that.

Damn, I needs me a crystal ball.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 27, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

But, isn't is ironic that Michael Jordan has been the only real president of Basketball operations that this Team has had?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD

Ironic maybe in an Alanis-Morrisette-I-don't-really-understand-what-irony-means kind of way. How was MJ any more of a 'real' pres?

Posted by: ts35 | April 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Only in the since that he made real basketball decisions as the President of Basketball Operations and no one else to my knowledge has for the Wizards.

Thats what I mean in that it is ironic that he has been the only one and he got crucified for it, but the Organization has been devoid of a decision maker as the Pres of BasOps' besides him.

Is it any wonder for the sorry state of affair?

Thats what I mean TS35.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 27, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame Newton for leaving. In all fairness, Ted Leonis should bring his own front office staff in. Other than Blatche, to my thinking this FO has been a dismal failure. Time to move on

Posted by: BruinSteve | April 27, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"Come on Samson151, lets give hindsight it's full due and nothing more. If you are able to call it in real time, it's not hindsight my good man.As you point out, our opinions may well turn out different than we thought at the time, but that fact does not make our opinions at the time hindsight.Hindsight is clearly making an opinion about something that has already occurred and not what BulletsFan78 is alluding to.BulletsFan78 is clearing referring to realtime opinions held and made by some that cannot be refuted now, so you would not be proper in saying those opinions were hindsight.LarryInClintonMD"

The folks who advocated for Blair had no way of knowing at the time of the draft that he would make it through the season without injury. In fact, the docs thought there was a good chance he wouldn't. The Spurs took the risk in the second round and were rewarded. How do we know they were correct? Hindsight. They went against the odds, and came up winners.

Here's how they must have reasoned: Blair is a terrific talent, one of the dozen best available. He managed two full seasons at Pitt without a major injury. We're not expending a high pick, and even if we have to give him first-round $$ to assuage his pride, we still don't have that much to lose. If he breaks down, so be it. All we're out is the cash.

They were the team for who the possible rewards outweighed the risk. 29 other teams disagreed. If Blair collapses next year, you can bet they'll breathe a sigh of relief: glad we didn't draft him with the eighth or ninth pick, they'll say.

When you have no way of knowing what the future holds -- as you and I don't when it comes to a player with serious medical issues -- then you're simply gambling. You pays your money, you takes your chance. That's what the Spurs did.

They have no crystal ball, either.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 27, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"Here's how they must have reasoned: Blair is a terrific talent, one of the dozen best available. He managed two full seasons at Pitt without a major injury. We're not expending a high pick, and even if we have to give him first-round $$ to assuage his pride, we still don't have that much to lose. If he breaks down, so be it. All we're out is the cash."

That sounds like good logic and the way that a quality FO should be conducting itself, even if not with regards to Blair in particular.

Afterall, shouldnt it have been obvious Blair was more likley to be a good nba player than Pech (for instance)?

I dont buy the line about Blair being good becase he's around Duncan etc either, that guy can just flat out play, the only question was health

Posted by: divi3 | April 27, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Only in the since that he made real basketball decisions as the President of Basketball Operations and no one else to my knowledge has for the Wizards.

Thats what I mean in that it is ironic that he has been the only one and he got crucified for it, but the Organization has been devoid of a decision maker as the Pres of BasOps' besides him.

Is it any wonder for the sorry state of affair?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD

Still not 100% sure what your point is. I'm gathering that you mean Jordan had more autonomy to make 'basketball' decisions than EG did or does, and / or that he was making decisions based on basketball, rather than salary cap.

If that's your point, a) it doesn't hold water, and b) it doesn't make any difference because MJ's coach hires, trades, FA signings and drafts were just as crappy as EG's.

Apologies, if I'm missing the overall gist of your point.

Posted by: ts35 | April 27, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"MJ's coach hires, trades, FA signings and drafts were just as crappy as EG's."

Considering that he drafted Kwame, I'd say they were worse.

Posted by: nmik | April 27, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I give MJ a minor pass (but not totally) for that one because Kwame was by-and-large the consensus #1, and it might have been the worst year to have the #1 pick in the past 20 years. But the rest of his picks don't hold up that well either.

Jared Jeffries, Juan Dixon, Steve Blake, Jarvis Hayes, Rod Grizzard, Juan Carlos Navarro,

Posted by: ts35 | April 27, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

larryinclintonmd has way too much time on his hands. Dude has like 8 posts on this mahunchie. Big Ted has the reigns now he will clean up this rats nest that we call a team and lead this franchise in a new diretion. believe dat.

Posted by: efdelaney | April 27, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Pure foolishness to not see that bloggers opinions are just that. Where is the responsibility in drafting as a blogger. What are the consequences... Oops sorry I was wrong ,maybe???
If you have never been in a postion of authority with all of it's ramifications. Without knowing all of the actual facts and considerations and concerns, such as our GM, than I propose that even if you suggested otherwise at the time, it is indeed hindsight and even worse Ill informed'!!!

Posted by: mricklen | April 27, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

EXCELLENT NEWS Yet another highly trained Wizzard is departing to screw up the 76ers. If we can replicate that to 30 more teams WE CAN WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!

Posted by: junkmail0153 | April 27, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

EXCELLENT NEWS yet another highly trained Wizzard Ninja departs to screw up the 76ers. If we can replicate that process 30 more times with other team WE WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!

Posted by: junkmail0153 | April 27, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

RUDY FERNANDEZ should have been drafted after nick, rudy ain;t done nothing and he's been given lots of playing time, when you start a lie and don't check for your self you tend to believe what others say, that's what you're doing or you don't no bball.

Posted by: maejude | April 29, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

DOUGLEYOUNG PLEASE DROP THE YOUNG FROM YOUR BLOGGER NAME[PLEASE]. YOU HAVE NO TIES TO NICK AS A FAN. PLEASE MAKE MY DAY.

Posted by: maejude | April 29, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

DOUGLE HAVE YOU SEEN THE GAMES NICK STARTED AT THE END OF THE SEASON[I THINK NOT].

Posted by: maejude | April 29, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

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