"One of my goals is to change the term 'free agency.' Because there's nothing free about free agency, right? I don't know why we call it free agency. But I know this: it's a great opportunity for the Wizards moving forward. The more options you have to add players, the better off it's going to be. And I think that's gonna bode well for our future."
"When you're looking at the draft and this year's draft when 28 kids were traded out of the 60, and there were so many picks that were traded just even in the first round, tells you it was an unpredictable draft. We were accused of playing it safe, we were accused of taking big risks. We really tune out that noise. What we really try to do is let's get the very best player for the Wizards."
"This year showed us: 17 players didn't finish the physical at the NBA Combine. There's a lot of players that are physically unable to perform during workouts at the combine, and that's troubling to me. These are young people, and I think we got to do a much better job as we develop players at a younger age to have them ready for their professional careers. And maybe we got to take a step back and say, 'Are we doing too much too soon?'"
"Bradley was so intimately involved in everything that we did in the offseason. Ted consulted with him throughout this entire process, I consulted with him throughout the entire process. He was involved in our draft in terms of, hey, he's not in there having a vote. He has a say. We were showing him players that we were looking at, and I think he definitely felt included in everything that we did, as did John (Wall)."
"It's something we really proposed to Ted when I went through the interview process. More firepower, we need more minds, more creative, diverse backgrounds to help us be the world-class organization that we both thought we could be. ... Those backgrounds of each of those people that you mentioned with Sashi, with Coach Thompson III, with Daniel (Medina), with Sashia Jones who we promoted from within, everybody brings so much wisdom, so much experience, and so much talent to what we already had. I think it's an easy conversation to have."
"I've known Coach since I've been in D.C., we've always conversed. He came to practices last year, especially worked a lot with him with USA Basketball, so I think of him as being a contemporary and a great person to bounce stuff off of. Sashi and I, we finally met today, but we know so many people in common. And anybody that knows me ... knows that I've traveled the world in search of better ways of doing things, in terms of training athletes, in terms of recovery, in terms of injury prevention. And I spent a lot of time doing European soccer, and I spent a lot of time with the NFL. And these are a merging of two areas of, I think, some of the world-class thinkers, and to have those guys on board with us has been fantastic."
"Nobody recruits more than a college coach, and we're in the recruiting business now. So having Coach Thompson, his ability to help us as we go through this whole 360 for our players, is just a tremendous resource. And I can't imagine who has final say, who does this, who does that. That's not really as important to me. Ultimately in basketball (decisions), yes certainly we have the final call. But we're gonna all collaborate together to make sure we've got all the best information to make the best decision. That's a no-brainer."