After hiring a new head coach and general manager for the Washington Capitals, it was time for Washington Wizards owner, Ted Leonsis, to take care of business on the basketball side.
The Wizards have completed a successful playoff run, beating the higher seeded Chicago Bulls in the first round before getting bounced out of the NBA Playoffs in the semi-finals against the number one seeded Indiana Pacers. To everyone’s surprise, the Wizards able to have a very successful run in the playoffs, despite being led by John Wall and Bradley Beal, who have never been to the postseason before.
Randy Wittman, who’s been criticized for his stubborn style of coaching, has brought the team together since taking over for Flip Saunders about three years ago. Wittman’s defensive system has turned Washington into a top-10 defensive team and have obviously been playing competitive basketball since adopting his philosophies. With that said, the Wizards still aren’t very good on the offensive side of the floor, but have been good enough to make some noise in the playoffs.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Randy Wittman and the Washington Wizards are close to a 3-year contract extension.
The Washington Wizards are nearing an agreement on a three-year contract extension with coach Randy Wittman, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Although some fans may be disappointed, myself not included, this was an inevitable move for the Wizards.
Wittman’s tactics worked very well against the Chicago Bulls and gave the Pacers a run for their money in the semi-finals–something none of us expected prior to the beginning of the playoffs.
Continuity is key for a team looking to compete at a high level and bringing Wittman back was a no-brainer. Toronto Raptors head coach, Dwane Casey, was bounced out of the first round against the Brooklyn Nets, a lower seeded team, and also received a 3-year contract extension. Needless to say, Randy Wittman was well deserving.