11/11/1998 AT 12:00 AM EST
Michael Jordan is coming back to basketball, only this time in the front office. The former Chicago Bulls superstar has reached an agreement with the Washington Wizards that would give Jordan, 36, control of the team's basketball operations -- including making trades, drafting players and signing free agents -- reports The Washington Post. The hiring of Jordan is viewed as a move to bring attention and respect to the franchise. Jordan, who left basketball prior to the start of the 1999 lockout-shortened season after leading the Bulls to their sixth championship in eight years, has been biding his time playing golf, appearing in commercials, even starring in some movies. But he's best associated with basketball, and while he has insisted that he will never play again, several sources have said his heart remains close to the game -- though now solely in a managerial capacity.