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Sources: Wizards are interviewing candidates for a new assistant coach on Scott Brooks' staff

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Sources: Wizards are interviewing candidates for a new assistant coach on Scott Brooks' staff

The Washington Wizards are interviewing candidates to add a new assistant coach to Scott Brooks' staff, NBC Sports Washington has learned. They have already spoken to several people in recent weeks.

Brooks indicated at the end of the 2018-19 season there would be changes to his group of assistants. It is unclear what level of assistant the Wizards are seeking, but there has been talk within the organization of finding someone with a strong defensive track record. 

Last season, the Wizards finished 28th in defensive rating and 29th in points allowed. They have already replaced many of the players on their roster this summer, but have done little to help their defense.

Brooks made changes to his coaching staff last summer as well. He promoted Ryan Richman and hired Robert Pack after Sidney Lowe and Chad Iske left to join other teams. As of the end of last season, much of Brooks' staff did not have contracts for 2019-20, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Another consideration for the Wizards in hiring a new assistant is player development. That is always important, but more so now with an especially young Wizards roster. They have to make sure guys like Rui Hachimura, Moe Wagner, Troy Brown Jr. and Admiral Schofield develop good habits as young players. 

The Wizards, of course, are still searching for a new team president. Tommy Sheppard has been running the show with an interim tag. So, this now makes two openings for the Wizards to fill.

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WATCH: John Wall dunks in Wizards warm-ups as he recovers from Achilles injury

WATCH: John Wall dunks in Wizards warm-ups as he recovers from Achilles injury

John Wall's recovery from Achilles surgery seems to be going well. 

Before the Wizards tipped off against the Celtics Wednesday night, Wall could be seen throwing down left-handed dunks in pregame warm-ups. 

Wall ruptured his Achilles tendon after slipping in the shower in late-January and is not expected to return to the court this season. 

For a player who relies so heavily on his burst and athleticism at the point guard position, it's definitely a good sign to see him easily getting up like he used to. 

Of course, there's only so much you can take from a dunk in pregame warm-ups. There's still plenty of hurdles Wall will have to clear before he's ready to put a Wizards uniform back on, but if he hopes to live up to his massive contract, these small victories are a great place to start. 

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Celtics' top 2 center out vs Wizards, gives Rui Hachimura a favorable match-up

Celtics' top 2 center out vs Wizards, gives Rui Hachimura a favorable match-up

If the Wizards had one advantage heading into their matchup with the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics Wednesday night, it was Rui Hachimura and Thomas Bryant against Boston's suspect front line

Now that Daniel Theis and Robert Williams, the Celtics' top two options at the center position are both sidelined with injuries, Washington could be in for a big night from their young frontcourt. 

Boston can turn to Enes Kanter, who just returned from injury, Jaylen Brown, rookie Vincent Poirier, rookie forward Grant Williams or even Tacko Fall to slow down Bryant and Hachimura. Marcus Smart is always an option to guard up a few positions, but there's a chance he'll already have his hands full with Bradley Beal. 

The Celtics have found success this season putting an emphasis on ball pressure to help negate a thin front line. No team has really taken advantage of their big men yet, so maybe the Wizards can give the rest of the league a blueprint on how to solve Brad Stevens' defense. 

Between the Wizards' edge in the frontcourt and the Celtics' league-best offense, we could be looking at a high-scoring affair at TD Garden. 

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