As the playoffs carry on, more head-coaching jobs will come open and at least one postseason team, the Houston Rockets, will begin a search for a new one. The L.A. Lakers fired Byron Scott which increases the competition to lure qualified candidates which was a chief reason why the Wizards quickly came to terms with Scott Brooks last week.
The Wizards' concern proved to be even more valid than originally expected. Brooks was contacted, CSNmidatlantic.com was told by persons with knowledge of the situation, by owners of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Rockets.
That compelled them to move quickly before Brooks could sit down with anyone else, and that exclusivity produced a fully guaranteed five-year deal worth $35 million for the former coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder who sat out the 2015-16 season. The Wizards did not have face-to-face interviews with any other candidate, but they'd decided well before April 13 that Randy Wittman would be fired.
The Rockets are on the verge of being eliminated from the first round of the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors and have an interim coach in J.B. Bickerstaff. The Sacramento Kings are interviewing candidates to replace George Karl. The New York Knicks are expected to retain Kurt Rambis which is a bit surprising.
Like free agency when it comes to players, it's a supply-demand issue for coaches. The more openings that exist, the greater competition for a candidate such as Brooks and the pricetag gets rises.
The Timberwolves secured Tom Thibodeau, considered the No. 1 free agent among coaches, for not just their coach but team president role.