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Reports: Wizards vice president Tommy Sheppard passed over for Hornets job

Multiple news outlets are reporting that that the New Orleans Hornets and Dell Demps reached an agreement in principle late Tuesday night for Demps to become the next general manager. Wizards vice president of basketball administration Tommy Sheppard was among a handful of candidates who interviewed with Hornets president Hugh Weber last week in Las Vegas after the organization and Jeff Bower parted ways.

The Hornets now appear set on Demps, the San Antonio Spurs' vice president of basketball operations who also was a former Spurs teammate with new Hornets coach and Maryland native Monty Williams. Demps was also in consideration for a position with Phoenix, which is undergoing a transformation under the direction of new president of basketball operations and former D.C.-based player agent Lon Babby.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune also reported that the Hornets expected Demps to accept their offer. "I would be disappointed if we're not talking about [on Wednesday] a filled position,'' Weber said told the newspaper.

Sheppard has been a part of the Wizards' front office for the past seven seasons. He interviewed for the Seattle SuperSonics general manager vacancy in 2007 before Seattle eventually chose another former Spurs executive in Sam Presti. Former Portland general manager Kevin Pritchard, former Suns executive David Griffin and former Sacramento Kings assistant general manager Jason Levien were also interviewed for the Hornets job.

By Michael Lee  |  July 21, 2010; 12:29 AM ET
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Wizards vice president Tommy Sheppard passed over for Hornets job...The Hornets now appear set on Demps, the San Antonio Spurs' vice president of basketball operations

Gee someone from the Spurs organization being picked over someone from the Wizards organization...I wonder why?

Do you think winning had anything to do with it?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | July 21, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Bulletsfan, but last time I checked, the Hornets did not make the Playoffs last season either....

Posted by: ejharrisjr40 | July 21, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Well, it's a small league. It probably didn't take the Hornets long to realize he worked for the Wizards.

Maybe if he had talked to Bobby Valentine about some sort of disguise, he might have had a chance.

Posted by: noslok | July 21, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Hiring a former Wizard talent evaluator is akin to hiring Dracula to run the blood bank.

Posted by: nativedc | July 21, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

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