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Last month the Wizards officially confirmed several front offices hires and changes that had taken place earlier in the offseason. Not an indication of their talents or future effectiveness, but for the most part, the outsiders now entering the mix are names not known outside basketball circles.
That's not the case with Washington's latest addition. CSNwashington confirmed a report first posted by Yahoo! Sports that former 76ers general manager and coach Tony DiLeo joined the Wizards as a scout.
Actually, if you blinked long enough it's possible to have missed out on DiLeo's stints in both of those previous capacities. After his role in engineering last summer's blockbuster trade that landed center Andrew Bynum in Philadelphia, the organization promoted DiLeo from senior vice president to GM. After one season in that job and after 23 seasons with the organization, DiLeo's run ended as the rebuilding franchise made wholesale changes following the 2012-13 season. Over the summer DiLeo reportedly spoke with the Nuggets about their then GM vacancy.
During the 2008-09 season, DiLeo coached the final 59 games after the team fired Maurice Cheeks and compiled a 32-27 record. The 76ers lost a first round playoff series to Orlando under the coach and DiLeo removed his name from the official coaching search. Philadelphia eventually hired former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan.
That's lots of varied experience he brings to the Wizards. How specifically the team intends on deploying him combined with their many new faces, we'll see.