After leading the Washington Wizards to the NBA Playoffs and semi-finals, which was arguably their most successful season since 1979, Randy Wittman will remain the head coach for at least the next three years.
The Wizards made the three-year contract extension official with a press release. For the press release in its entirety, check it out here.
Washington Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed head coach Randy Wittman to a contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are pleased with the progress the team has made on the court and with the culture we have been able to build with Randy as our head coach,” said Grunfeld. “We will look to continue that momentum with him deservedly leading this group of dedicated and hard-working players.”
Although terms of the contract were not disclosed, Wizards insider Michael Lee has reported that the deal will be worth about $3 million per year. Toronto Raptors head coach, Dwane Casey, also received a three-year contract extension from his team after leading them to the playoffs, so retaining Randy Wittman seemed like an obvious move for the Wizards. Some fans will inevitably disagree, but the Wizards have been top-10 in defense since Wittman took over for ousted head coach, Flip Saunders, in 2012 and the team has played competitive basketball ever since.
John Wall, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Nene and even Andre Miller–who went out of his way to credit Wittman for his preparation in the playoffs, all spoke highly of Wittman during the exit interview process.
A press conference is expected to take place tomorrow afternoon so look out for that, but for now, let’s welcome Randy Wittman back to the Washington Wizards.