For a team that has had little success the past five seasons, the Washington Wizards have been an unlikely source for teams looking for front office talent.
Mike Wilson, the Wizards’ head of college scouting for the past nine seasons, is the latest to join the exodus from Washington after accepting a player personnel position with the Dallas Mavericks.
Already this offseason, Pat Connelly left his position as director of player personnel to become assistant general manager of the Phoenix Suns and former vice president of player personnel Milt Newton was hired as general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Former assistant coach Jerry Sichting also left to become the lead assistant with the Suns and assistant athletic trainer Koichi Soto is expected to join the Timberwolves as
head athletic trainer head strength and conditioning coach.
Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld and Coach Randy Wittman and their respective staffs are all in the final year of their contracts, but all of the departing individuals have received significant promotions to go elsewhere.
Wilson won’t have to make a long move because he has resided in suburban Austin throughout his time with the Wizards. He was on the road for most of the season but made frequent visits and often joined the team in Washington in the weeks leading up to the draft. Prior to joining the Wizards, Wilson, a native of Pittsburgh, worked as a scout with the Denver Nuggets and also spent 13 years as a college assistant with Auburn, Rhode Island, Baylor, UNC Wilmington, Spartanburg Methodist, McNeese State, Penn State and Slippery Rock.
Yahoo! Sports was first to report Wilson’s hiring.