Wizards To Sign Randy Wittman To Two-Year Deal

MONDAY, 10:11am: The Wizards officially announced today that they'll retain Randy Wittman as head coach, according to a team release. The team didn't release terms of the contract, but according to previous reports, it will be for two years.

"We are excited to bring Randy back as head coach and give him the opportunity to build on the positive momentum that the team showed under his leadership last season," said Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld. "We were very pleased with the development of our young players and the commitment to winning he instilled despite taking over the team under difficult circumstances."

FRIDAY, 3:46pm: The Wizards are finalizing details on a two-year contract that will make interim coach Randy Wittman the team's permanent head coach, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. An announcement is planned for next week, according to Wojnarowski, who adds that Wittman's relative affordability was a factor in the Wizards' decision not to explore the coaching free agent market.

THURSDAY, 9:09pm: The Wizards plan to retain head coach Randy Wittman, even though no official announcement is expected anytime soon, league sources told Ric Bucher of ESPN The Magazine

Wittman, already under contract for next season, was tabbed as interim coach after Washington fired Flip Saunders following a 2-15 start.  While the club plans to keep the 52-year-old, sources said that there has been no indication that the Wizards plan to extend his contract.

Even though there are a number of high-profile coaches available, the Wizards haven't expressed interest in interviewing any outside candidates.  The Wizards might have considered a big-name hire but didn't believe that it would be worth the cost during a rebuilding phase.


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