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Report: Wizards near three-year contract extension with coach Randy Wittman

May 27, 2014, 4:01 PM EDT

Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman reacts during their NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Manhattan Reuters

Wizards coach Randy Wittman came into this season on the hot seat — owner Ted Leonsis wanted to make the playoffs now and wanted to see development from John Wall and Bradley Beal.

He got it.

The Wizards played Top 10 defense, won 44 games and got the five seed in the East — then knocked off the Bulls in the first round. They made the Pacers work for it in the second round. Yes, the East was down, but the fact is the Wizards were improved and showed it in the playoffs.

As expected, that is earning Wittman a contract extension, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports.

Wittman has his critics — his team takes too many midrange jumpers, for one — but he has earned this extension.

How good the Wizards are next season may be less about Wittman — or even Wall and Beal — and more about offseason moves. Both Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat (both of whom played key roles in the playoffs) are free agents. Do the Wizards bring them back, or does GM Ernie Grunfeld spend his available $16 million in salary cap space the team has on other free agents? How much does Leonsis let him spend?

Whatever the roster, Wittman will be the coach. He’s earned that.

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