Report: Wizards to hire Clippers GM Michael Winger as next president of Monumental Basketball


Looks like the Wizards have their new leader.

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has agreed to a deal to make current Clippers GM Michael Winger the next president of Monumental Basketball, which makes him in charge of the next general manager of the Wizards and will oversea the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and the G League’s Capital City Go-Go, as well as the man in charge of all of those teams’ facilities.

According to Woj’s report, “Leonsis has delivered Winger full authority to set the course for the Wizards franchise, including hiring a GM-level basketball executive and making decisions on the roster, coach and staff, sources said.”

Winger, 43, has been with the Clippers since 2017 after serving in the front offices in Cleveland and Oklahoma City from 2005-17, and he was the second-ranking member of LA’s front office, behind president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank.

In addition to basketball operations, Winger also helped oversee the construction of the team’s new arena in Inglewood, which is scheduled to open for the 2024-25 season.

He was only the second known candidate to interview for the job, along with Pelicans GM Trajan Langdon, and now replaces Tommy Sheppard, who was fired in April after 20 years in the Wizards organization and four years as the GM.

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