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Washington Wizards’ general manager Tommy Sheppard has granted a contract extension and promotion — rewards after constructing a solid team that is off to a great start this season. 

Monumental Sports and Entertainment declared on Wednesday that Sheppard and Sashi Brown have agreed to ink a multi-year extension and promotions. GM Sheppard is now also the president of the Wizards, while Brown becomes president of Monumental Basketball and special advisor to the office of the CEO at Monumental Sports & Entertainment after a stint of being a chief planning and operations officer.

“Tommy has effectively improved our team each year of his tenure by following the plan he laid out to us as his vision when we hired him as general manager and Sashi has been instrumental in making us a leader in analytics, research and player engagement while efficiently streamlining operations across all of our basketball teams and venues,” said Ted Leonsis, the Wizards’ owner and founder and CEO of MS&E.

Sheppard was heavily praised for trading John Wall and Russell Westbrook’s huge contracts in exchange for reliable players, as Washington acquired Montrezl Harrell, Spencer Dinwiddie, Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope prior this season. He also signed rookie head coach Wes Unseld Jr. who is the proponent of Wiz’ 10-4 start — enough for a top position so far in the tight Eastern Conference.

“I am honored to represent this organization and tremendously grateful for the opportunity to continue building this team in order to use what we accomplish both on and off the court to uplift the community,” Sheppard said. “Our staff, and their dedication to working together, has been essential to our success, and we will continue to work hard, follow our plan and make our fans proud of the team we put on the floor.”

Currently in his 19th campaign with the Wizards, Sheppard started in 2003 as the team’s vice president of basketball operations until being given a senior role in 2013.