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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