The Washington Wizards sign former LA Clippers GM Michael Winger


LA Clippers general manager Michael Winger has become Monumental Basketball’s president, giving him full leadership of the Washington Wizards, ESPN reported Wednesday.

As President of Monumental Basketball, Winger also oversees the Washington Mystics and Capital City Go-Go, the Wizards’ G-League affiliate.

Winger has served as the Clippers’ general manager for the past six seasons. Before joining the Clippers, Winger was a manager with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Washington fired general manager Tommy Sheppard in April after four seasons and is coming off a 35-47 season in which it missed the playoffs for the second straight season. The Wizards have not had a successful season since 2018 and have not won a first-round playoff series since 2017.

Winger and the Wizards have two starters who may go into free agency this summer as Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma – who averaged 44.4 points per game last season – have player options for the 2023-24 NBA season.

Meanwhile, star guard Bradley Beal, 29, has been on a five-year, $251 million contract for a year. The Wizards are the No. 8 draft pick in the 2023 NBA draft.

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