Wizards name Tommy Sheppard next general manager

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Washington Wizards senior VP of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard, right, introduces Rui Hachimura. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards are making Tommy Sheppard their general manager, part of an organizational restructuring that includes other hires from outside the NBA.

The moves announced Monday are part of the new leadership team for Monumental Basketball, a fledgling collective composed of the Wizards, Washington Mystics, Capital City Go-Go and Wizards District Gaming.

Sheppard already was the Wizard’s interim GM, moving up after president Ernie Grunfeld was fired late in the regular season, and oversaw the draft and free agency.

Among the new hires is 43-year-old Sashi Brown, executive vice-president of football operations for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns for about two years before being fired in December 2017. Brown will serve as chief planning and operations officer for Monumental Basketball, former Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III will lead a new athlete development and engagement department, and Daniel Medina will serve as chief of athlete care and performance. Medina spent more than a decade with FC Barcelona as team physician.

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