Report: Kings Eye Jordan

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 11, 2006

Coach Eddie Jordan has one season remaining on his contract with the Washington Wizards, but that hasn't stopped speculation about the Washington native's future.

One day after Ernie Grunfeld, the Wizards' president of basketball operations, said there is a "no time frame" for extending Jordan's contract, a report in the Sacramento Bee listed Jordan as a potential candidate to coach the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings fired Rick Adelman on Tuesday. Jordan preceded Adelman as the Kings' coach during the 1997-98 season and was fired by Sacramento's previous ownership. Jordan was an assistant with the Kings for five seasons before becoming head coach with 15 games remaining in the 1996-97 season.

The Wizards have made consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since 1988 and Jordan went 87-77 the last two seasons after a 25-win season in 2003-04.

Jordan was hired by Wizards owner Abe Pollin in June 2003, shortly before Pollin hired Grunfeld, and that has led to speculation that Jordan perhaps is not a Grunfeld favorite.

Grunfeld dismissed such speculation and praised Jordan, saying "he's done a terrific job," but has been vague when asked about a possible extension.

"We'll have internal discussions about that," Grunfeld said. "Mr. Pollin will be involved in that as the summer progresses."

When asked about the potential problems associated with allowing a coach to enter the final year of his contract, which is uncommon, Grunfeld said: "It's happened before. It was last year out in Seattle: Nate [McMillan] was in his last year and they won their division and they won 52 games, so it's happened before. But things will take care of themselves as the summer goes along and as we continue to have our internal discussions."

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