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Who makes 'Franchise Four' for the Wizards?


Who makes 'Franchise Four' for the Wizards?

Major League Baseball unveiled the "Franchise Four" concept this year with fans voting for their favorites among a pool of candidates. So, how would this look for the NBA?

SiriusXM radio took to Twitter on Friday with their "Franchise Four" picks for each team. Some groups are stacked, like the Lakers and Celtics, and most have enough interesting names for bar room-type debates. Here's what they came up for the Washington Bullets/Wizards:

Nobody will quibble over Hayes and Unseld, the two primary figures on the organization's one NBA championship in 1978. Earl "The Pearl" Monroe starred for the Baltimore Bullets and is one of four players whose jersey hangs inside the Verizon Center. Chenier was one of the league's top guards early in his career in the 70s before injuries limited his game and his lengthy broadcast career took off.


But, what if there were an actual vote for the Franchise Four? The MLB nominated eight players. If we accept Unseld, Hayes, Monroe and Chenier, who are the other options?

Gilbert Arenas - Yes, things ended badly, but the first four seasons with "Agent Zero" were a shot-making spectacle in the most positive of ways.

Bradley Beal - Three NBA seasons probably doesn't meet the minimum requirement, but Beal's strong performances in consecutive playoff trips makes him one to watch.

Walt Bellamy - Four seasons with the franchise included time in Chicago and Baltimore. All-time leader in scoring (27.6 points), rebounding (16.6) and minutes (41.6).

Bobby Dandridge - Clutch small forward for the Bullets teams reaching the NBA Finals in 1978 and 1979.

Antawn Jamison - Provided a calming and scoring presence on four straight playoff teams from 2005-08.

Gus Johnson - Joins Unseld, Hayes and Monoe as players with retired jerseys. Averaged at least 16.5 points in eight of his nine seasons with the Baltimore Bullets.

Jeff Malone - The two-time All-Star often served as the Bullets' leading man from 1983-90. Averaged a career-high 24.3 points during the 89-90 season.

John Wall - Two-time All-Star already ranks second in franchise history in assists. The force behind Washington's back-to-back appearances in Eastern Conference semifinals. Bet the house Wall makes the list if voting took place now.

Other potential candidates include Caron Butler, Bernard King, Jeff Ruland, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Rod Strickland, Nene, Kevin Loughery, Jack Marin and yes, Gheorge Mursean (but no on Michael Jordan).

Let us know your top 4 by sharing your ballot in the comments section. 


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Five things to know about Wizards general manager search candidate Tim Connelly

Five things to know about Wizards general manager search candidate Tim Connelly

The Washington Wizards have reportedly offered their vacant general manager position to Tim Connelly. The news was first reported by the Athletic.

Here are five things to know about him...

1. Connelly is a Baltimore native who transferred to Catholic University in D.C. during his junior year in college, graduating from there in 1999. 

2. Connelly began his NBA front office career with the Wizards, starting as an intern in 1996. He spent a decade with the organization, holding such roles as assistant video coordinator, head scout, and director of player personnel. 

3. After leaving the Wizards, Connelly spent three seasons serving as the assistant general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans. 

4. Connelly joined the Nuggets organization in 2013 as the executive vice president of basketball operations. He was promoted to President of Basketball Operations in 2017. Connelly has been part of a Denver front office that has drafted the likes of Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Gary Harris over the last five years. 

5. Connelly has six siblings, including four brothers: Joe, Pat, Dan and Kevin. All four of them have also worked in basketball in some capacity, Joe, Pat, and Dan all following Tim into the NBA ranks. 


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    Wizards offer top front office job to Nuggets' Tim Connelly, per reports

    Wizards offer top front office job to Nuggets' Tim Connelly, per reports

    The Wizards may have found the successor to longtime team president Ernie Grunfeld. Per multiple reports, Washington offered the vacant head front-office job to Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly.

    Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reports that, while Connelly hoped for a five-year deal, he is serious about the Wizards' four-year offer. 

    The Nuggets president came to Washington to meet with owner Ted Leonsis on Friday

    A Baltimore native, Connelly worked as a member of the Wizards front office, beginning as an intern in 1996 and rising to director of player personnel in his time with the franchise.

    After a stop in New Orleans, Connelly was hired as executive vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Nuggets in 2013. He ascended to president of basketball operations in his six-year tenure. 

    His notable accomplishments in Denver include drafting star big man Nikola Jokic and building a team that won 54 games in the 2018-19 season. 

    This is a developing story. Please check back with NBCSportsWashington.com for updates as available.