With the team failing to progress the playoffs, the Washington Wizards office is expected to fire coach Randy Wittman during the offseason.
On Monday, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst told The Tony Kornheiser Show that the Wizards coach’s sacking could come as early as Thursday morning. “I mean, look, Randy’s probably 99 percent certain he’s going to be fired on Thursday morning,” said Windhorst.
The Wizards had a fruitful season last year which included a second round exit in the playoffs. Following that, there were pundits who reckoned the duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal would take Washington to a top-3 seed and in the process attract hometown hero Kevin Durant during free agency. Alas, those projections fell flat and the Wizards (40-41) finished with the 10th seed.
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Windhorst continued, “There were people who legitimately made the case that the Wizards would have finished with the No. 2 record in the East this year and that they had all of the weapons required to go to the Eastern finals and make a run. Granted, they had so many injuries — for a while, I think three-quarters of the way through the season they had the most games missed — but their complete collapse defensively and their inability to execute despite really having a lot of weapons at their disposal was just embarrassing. A lost season, not only because of the (Kevin) Durant thing.”
Wittman, who will sign off with a 176-199 coaching record, has had to work with a relatively inexperienced roster over the last five seasons. However, many expected him to put together a more successful squad, seeing as Wall and Beal are top-3 draft picks with superstar potential.
Also, the Wizards have invariably failed to attract free agents despite being loaded with plenty of cap room. According to several reports, the Wizards organization is likely to re-evaluate the entire roster and not just the coaching staff. It’s possible that there’s a completely new squad next season.
Who should the Wizards hire as their next coach? Will Bradley Beal, a restricted free agent, sign a contract extension?