In early July, the Wizards dealt Dwight Howard to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles. According to an interview with Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, new Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard didn't need much time to move on.
The Howard deal was "the quickest trade I've ever done in my life," Sheppard told Wojnarowski.
It was also a proving ground for Sheppard to show owner Ted Leonsis he could lead a new regime for the Wizards.
"I like [Sheppard's] dexterity to be able to deal with the existing NBA, but to also really look at it as a global enterprise," Leonsis noted.
Howard was signed to the Wizards in 2018 to a two-year, $11 million free-agent deal, and immediately made a lasting impact, including jokes about how he learned to be a Wizard after a circuitous NBA career.
Trading him away was a signal that Sheppard was trying to reset of the Wizards culture.
But since then, Tommy Sheppard has had his interim tag removed to mark him as the new GM of the organization.
Sheppard's moves before he was named GM included not only the Howard deal, but also leading the Wizards' draft night where they selected Rui Hachimura and Admiral Schofield, as well as signing Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal.
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