The Wizards have made Scott Brooks a formal offer to become their next head coach, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Washington president Ernie Grunfeld met with Brooks in California today and made the former Thunder coach an official offer, the Vertical scribe adds. Brooks has been enthusiastic about reaching an agreement with the Wizards and could complete negotiations on a pact that would pay him approximately $7MM per season, Wojnarowski notes.
There is apparently a time element involved in the negotiations, with the Wizards wanting to secure Brooks prior to the Rockets post opening up, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Brooks and Jeff Van Gundy are reportedly the co-favorites for the Rockets head coaching job. Houston still hasn’t officially decided the fate of interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who reportedly enhanced his chances of keeping the job when the team clinched a playoff berth on the final night of the regular season, but the latest reports appear to cast significant doubt on his return. Brooks is wary of the uncertainty surrounding Dwight Howard‘s player option, as Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported, even though Howard has long been expected to opt out. Stein reported earlier that the Rockets were second only to the Wizards among the options Brooks was considering but pointed to Houston’s focus on the playoffs as a disadvantage.
In seven seasons as an NBA coach, all with Oklahoma City, Brooks has a regular season record of 338-207. His career postseason mark is 39-34.