The No. 1 target for the Wizards, from the moment Randy Wittman was fired after the final regular-season game, has been Scott Brooks. They locked him up with a five-year deal worth $35 million on Thursday, two people with knowledge of the situation told CSNmidatlantic.com.
Brooks took the year off from coaching after he was fired from the Oklahoma City Thunder when the missed the playoffs in 2014-15.
Brooks spent five-plus years as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings and then-Seattle SuperSonics who became the Thunder upon relocation. After he took over for P.J. Carlesimo following a 1-12 start of what would be a 22-win campaign in 2008-09, Brooks never won fewer than 45 games until he was fired after the 2014-15 season when the Thunder missed the playoffs with Kevin Durant missing 55 games because of injury.
That's one loss fewer than the Wizards' best season under Wittman (46), who did lead the team to consecutive Eastern Conference semifinals appearances until going 41-41 to miss the playoffs this season amid high expectations.
Brooks won 50 in 2009-10 (named NBA Coach of the Year), 55, 47 (in a 66-game lockout shortened season) and won the Western Conference title, 60, 59 and 45 games.
He has a career record of 338-207, or 62%. His teams were 73-39, or 53.4%, in the playoffs. Brooks led the Thunder to the conference finals three times in four seasons.