Old news, but I'm sure the free agent signing rumors will come about soon enough...
Wizards Will Not Re-Sign Jordan
May 7, 2003
Washington Sports and Entertainment Chairman Abe Pollin announced today the franchise would not re-sign Michael Jordan as President of Basketball Operations. The search for a replacement for Jordan will begin immediately.
â€œI want to emphasize my sincere thanks to Michael for his time with this franchise,â€? said Pollin. â€œWhile the roster of talent he has assembled here in Washington may not have succeeded to his and my expectations, I do believe Michaelâ€™s desire to win and be successful is unquestioned. In the end, Ted (Leonsis) and I felt that this franchise should move in a different direction. I wish him only the very best in his future endeavors.â€?
Pollin also expressed his gratitude for Jordanâ€™s on-court contributions.
â€œI firmly believe that Michaelâ€™s time with us as a player will have a lasting impact on every player on our roster, and there is no question that our fans were treated to a very unique two seasons, as the greatest player in the world completed his career here in Washington. We were extremely fortunate to witness his final season.â€?
Pollin, Wizards Minority Owner Ted Leonsis, and Jordan met Wednesday morning at MCI Center along with Pollinâ€™s attorney David Osnos and Jordanâ€™s attorney Curtis Polk.