The Washington Wizards rumor mill has been mighty quiet as of late, but it looks like there's finally something talk about. But as it turns out, the first rumor has nothing to do with a player swap. Instead, it's someone in the front office who could be on the move.
A source told The Post the Nets have reached out to Washington to request permission to interview Wizards senior vice president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard.
Sheppard’s responsibilities in Washington include salary-cap management, negotiations, draft preparation and talent evaluation — pro and college, domestic and abroad. Though the Wizards came into Wednesday just 21-25, they did win 46 games and reach the Eastern Conference semifinals last year with a young roster that boasts John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter.
This isn't the first time Sheppard has been in the running for a front office job since he joined the Wizards in 2003. The Sonics interviewed him for their opening in 2007, The Hornets interviewed him in 2010, and the Grizzlies requested to interview him in 2014, but they were denied. Even though he hasn't gotten his big break yet, but he's clearly held in high regard throughout the league.
What makes things trickier for the Wizards is Ernie Grunfeld's uncertain future with the team. If Ted Leonsis decided against bringing Grunfeld back after this season and wanted to promote from within, like he did when he hired Brian MacLellan to replace George McPhee as Capitals' GM, Sheppard would be the logical choice to fill that role.
Granted, that's projecting down the road quite a bit, but it something to keep in mind. A lot can happen in the next few months, but if the Nets do zero in on Sheppard, it will make an already interesting summer all the more interesting.