Wizards’ GM Tommy Sheppard gets extension amid fast start

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WASHINGTON (AP)Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard has received a contract extension amid Washington’s fast start to the season.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced Wednesday that Sheppard and Sashi Brown signed multiyear extensions and received promotions. Mike Thibault, coach and general manager of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, has also received an extension.

Sheppard now becomes president and GM of the Wizards. Brown, who has served as a chief planning and operations officer, is now president of Monumental Basketball and special advisor to the office of the CEO at Monumental Sports & Entertainment.

”Tommy has effectively improved our team each year of his tenure by following the plan he laid out to us as his vision when we hired him as general manager and Sashi has been instrumental in making us a leader in analytics, research and player engagement while efficiently streamlining operations across all of our basketball teams and venues,” said Ted Leonsis, the Wizards’ owner and founder and CEO of MS&E.

The Wizards were 10-3 entering Wednesday night’s game at Charlotte, the best record in the Eastern Conference and their best start since 1974-75.

Washington hired Wes Unseld Jr. as its new coach in the offseason and traded Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers in a blockbuster that brought Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to the Wizards. Washington also acquired guard Spencer Dinwiddie in another move that’s paid dividends.

”I am honored to represent this organization and tremendously grateful for the opportunity to continue building this team in order to use what we accomplish both on and off the court to uplift the community,” Sheppard said. ”Our staff, and their dedication to working together, has been essential to our success, and we will continue to work hard, follow our plan and make our fans proud of the team we put on the floor.”

Sheppard is in his 19th season with the organization. Prior to being named GM, he was senior vice president of basketball operations from 2013-2019 and vice president of basketball operations from 2003-13.

Brown, a former GM of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, will lead?various?operations for the Wizards, the Mystics and the G League’s Capital City Go-Go – including research and information systems, technology, equipment, team communications, finance,?facilities, security and player engagement. He will also oversee MS&E’s venue operations.

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