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Reports: Randy Wittman already fired by Wizards, shortly after final game of season


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Rob Carr

Well, that escalated quickly.

It was widely expected that after a disappointing season where the Washington Wizards missed the playoffs, coach Randy Wittman was going to be let go. Even the players expected it. But this was fast.

Hours after the Wizards’ final game of the season, he was informed he was released, according to Marc Stein of ESPN and Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

As for who is next, Wojnarowski has said former Thunder coach Scott Brooks is at the top of their list.

There had been some movement within the Wizards to pursue Brooks during the regular season, but that Wizards are expected to be aggressive in the marketplace with Brooks, league sources said.
Brooks isn’t the only candidate on the list, which will include interest in former Suns coach Jeff Hornacek and Philadelphia 76ers assistant Mike D’Antoni, league sources said.

Brooks would be a good fit, and the Wizards are smart to be aggressive because he will be in demand. The Lakers could lead a charge for Brooks, and Houston likely will want an interview with him as well.