Randy Wittman Coming Back To The Wizards After Coming To An Agreement On A 3 Year Deal

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The Wizards have reached an agreement on a contract extension with Coach Randy Wittman, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation. The two sides got closer to completing a deal last week, when Wizards owner Ted Leonsis publicly stated that Wittman “deserves” the chance to come back. A news conference announcing the deal is scheduled for Wednesday. The Wizards have not disclosed the terms of the agreement, but Wittman will reportedly receive a three-year deal worth about $3 million per season. A person who has been in contact with the Wizards said the third season will be a team option. Last season, Wittman led the Wizards to a 44-38 record, good enough for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards reached the playoffs for the first time since 2008, won a playoff series for the first time since 2005 and won two games in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1979. Wittman joined the organization as the top assistant for Flip Saunders in 2009 and replaced Saunders as head coach in January 2012. In parts of three seasons with the franchise, Wittman has posted a 80-122 record but he has made the Wizards one of the league’s better defensive teams. The Wizards ranked in the top 10 in defensive efficiency in each of the past two seasons.

I don’t hate it, I don’t love it. There are many sides to this extension. Yes, I get it and yes it makes sense. Wittman brought the Wiz into the playoffs for the first time since 2008 while developing Wall and Beal very nicely. He’s a pretty dependable coach and has made the Wizards into a great defensive team. There’s no denying that he is a serviceable NBA coach. Butttt on the other hand, I think everyone recognizes he isn’t a top tier NBA coach. He’s no Pops. He’s no Thibs. He’s no Spo. He isn’t as shitty as Scott Brooks, but he’s not going to win a game with smart coaching decisions either. Can you win an NBA title without a top coach? I’m not sure. There were several games where his lineups made no sense, his playcalling down the stretch was a clusterfuck, and where he couldn’t get his players to play sensible. We saw two great examples of this in the Indiana series, where they gave away two winnable games in the 4th quarter. It was very frustrating to watch. Of course he can improve as a coach, but it worries me that his reputation precedes him and big time free agents might not want to come here. So for now, 2 more years with a 1 year team option on the end. I don’t hate it. Hopefully they can develop Otto Porter the same way they developed Wall and Beal, and then things will get much easier for them. And then bring in Durant in 2016 and rings, rings rings everywhere.