I know this topic is old and like beating a dead horse and for that I apologize. But I was reading an article on the Washington Post today by Mike Wise who made the argument on why Ernie Grunfeld has saved his job this season. Here's a link to the article for those who haven't read it. To me he sort of killed his own argument when he called Grunfeld the recycle king. That nickname the Recycle King really fits Grunfeld well for the way he has cleaned up all of his own messes. He makes the point about all of the moves Grunfeld has made over the last few years to clean up previous messes he has made. He mentions turning Arenas into Rashard Lewis and turning Rashard Lewis into Ariza and Oakafor. Then turning Oakafor and a protected first round pick this year. He doesn't defend his draft mistakes as no one should. But he defends the team Grunfeld currently has assembled and how we should enjoy this current team and praise him for it. I still haven't gotten over the Pecherov and Vesely draftings. Or the trading away of our #5 pick for Foye and Miller. Lets also not forget resigning Blatche two years before his contract was even up. I won't blame the resigning of Arenas on Grunfeld because I blame that more on Polin and his stubborness than Grunfeld. But it seems he keeps constantly cleaning up his own messes year after year.
To me I just don't believe Grunfeld is the guy that will lead us to the next level. I think he is just happy enough to make the playoffs and be able to retain his job so he can still get paid for making a mediocre team. I'm not sure what GM's are available out there at this point that we should take a look at. But to me I'd love to see a young, hungry GM come in and take over this team and hopefully get us to the next level. Ted said he wants to build through the draft and minus the obvious Wall and Beal picks I think Grunfeld has proven he's not the right guy to be a talent evaluator for the draft. I know draft picks can be hit or miss just like any other sport but Grunfeld seems to have more misses than almost anyone not named David Kahn. It just seems as long as he stays in charge this team will never get over the hump of being a mediocre playoff team like the Arenas, Butler and Jamison teams. I understand Ted doesn't want to discuss the future of Grunfeld and Wittman until the summer but I have a sickening feeling that they will both be brought back. That's my worst nightmare for this team if they want to reach the next level. Anyone have any thoughts on this article, the possibility of Grunfeld being retained and what possible replacements maybe available out there for Grunfeld?