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Wizards shuffle front-office positions

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced several moves in the front office Monday afternoon, most notably promoting Tommy Sheppard to senior vice president of basketball operations.


Sheppard’s new position is to include expanded duties with regard to salary cap management, draft preparation, college and pro talent evaluation and free agent analysis. Sheppard also will be responsible for the Wizards’ day-to-day basketball operations.

“Tommy is a very respected figure within all circles of basketball, including the NBA, international/Olympic competition and the collegiate ranks,” Grunfeld said in a statement.  “His experience, combined with the additions we have made and the other well-deserved promotions within the department, gives us a solid foundation to continue improving our team.”

Additionally, the Wizards named Marc Eversley as vice president of scouting, Frank Ross as director of player personnel, Greg Ballard as advance pro scout and Thomas Knox as director of player performance and rehabilitation while promoting Ed Tapscott to vice president of player programs, Pat Sullivan to assistant coach, Brett Greenberg to director of basketball analytics/salary cap management, Bryan Oringher to video coordinator and Ryan Richman to assistant video coordinator.

Eversley joins the Wizards after spending seven years with the Toronto Raptors, including the last two seasons as vice president of college scouting.  He also served as the team’s assistant general manager in 2010-11.

Ross is a District native and two-time all-Colonial Athletic Association selection at American University who served the previous six seasons as director of East Coast scouting for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.



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