Even though the Wizards -- coming off a 20-46 season --hadthe option to hirea new coach, the team will stick with Randy Wittman next season. Wittman reportedly will ink a two-year contract, withan official announcement next week.
Wittman was originally brought on board as an assistant to Flip Saunders in 2008 and replaced Saunders 17 games into last season. Wittman went 18-31, including a six-game winning streak to close out the season.
Wittmanhad prior stints as headcoach inthe NBA with stops in Cleveland and Minnesota.His career record is 118-238.
With possible coaching candidates like former Portland coach Nate McMillan, ex-Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni, and Indiana assistant Brian Shaw available, WizardsPresident Ernie Grunfeld did not interview anybodyas he apparently wassatisfied with the job Wittman did last season.
Wizards star guard John Wall wasone playervery vocal in his supportforWittman to return for another season.
With Wittman back, the Wizards now look forward to the NBA draft later this monthwhere they have the third overall pick.
The Wizardsstill have some other big off-season decisions to make includingwhether to keep forwards Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis on the team -- or cut bait.
The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.
The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.
That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.
Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.
Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden.
Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.
They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.
You can listen to the episode right here: