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Report: Randy Wittman near two-year deal to coach Wizards

Jun 1, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

Randy Wittman AP

We’ve been telling you that it looked like the Wizards were leaning toward keeping Randy Wittman as coach.

Now Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo came through with a few details.

The Washington Wizards are finalizing details on a two-year contract for interim coach Randy Wittman to become head coach, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. An announcement is planned for next week, sources said.

As we have said, this is a safe hire by Washington. Wittman was 18-31 as the interim coach in Washington, which included a six-game winning streak to end the season. He took over 17 games into the season after Flip Saunders got the ax. Wittman had a pedestrian record as the head man in Washington and Cleveland before this. Wittman no doubt connected with and got more out of the roster than Flip, he helped usher in a little more discipline to a young team, but the Wizards were not good either way.

Woj adds this note about the Wizards looking at the bottom line.

The Wizards won’t make a significant financial commitment to Wittman, sources said, and that’s a trend that more franchises are expected to continue. After the NBA lockout, many owners are determined to pay front-office and coaching staffs less money. The Wizards are a big-market team that could’ve successfully competed for higher-profile head coaches available, including Mike D’Antoni, Nate McMillan and Stan Van Gundy, but chose to keep Wittman on a shorter, less expensive contract.

  1. joshvanklomp - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    I feel bad for the players and their fans. Wittman is terrible.

    Timberwolves fans everywhere

  2. rickyspanish - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Love that picture.

  3. wizskinz - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    My wizards suck!!!!

  4. rajbais - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    What a horsecrap move!!!!

    He was terrible coach in Cleveland and Minnesota!!!!

    Leonsis Family, sell the damn team because with this coaching move you have no future anyways!!!!!

  5. verytalldad - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    John wall is gone the first chance he gets. Then what will Ted say.

    Ted is showing to be an incompetent owner who thinks he can do it his way with his people. Both suck. Grunfeld and whitman? I bet we draft harrison barnes.

  6. skinsfan56 - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    I think this is a good move by the wizards. Give Wittman a couple of years to see what he can do. It was clearly evident that he connected better with the players than flip, and he doesn’t coddle the young guys like Blatche. Looking forward to seeing what he can do with full off-season.

  7. getsome99 - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Timberwolves have fans everywhere? Funny I’ve never met one.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Enough fans to only set the NBA record single season attendance record…

  8. rgee3 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    guess Leonsis is alright w. mediocrity. Ted, please change your leadership in coach and GM.

  9. fanz928 - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    The wizard are a solid rebuilding team with the 3rd pick in this years deep draft but the bobcats sucks nuts

  10. davidly - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Damn, I feel like Rip Van Winkle: I thought Wittman was just a guy I didn’t like at IU. Apparently he made a career out of it. More power to him, I guess.

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