Report: Randy Wittman to return as Washington Wizards coach

Friday June 1st, 2012

Randy Wittman, Washington Wizards The Washington Wizards will reportedly bring back coach Randy Wittman next season. (Dan Lippitt/Getty Images)

The Washington Wizards plan to bring back coach Randy Wittman next season, reports ESPN's Ric Bucher.

The Wizards fired coach Flip Saunders in January, and Wittman replaced him on an interim basis. Now, it appears that Wittman will get a chance to take the reins permanently.

In an interview with the Washington Post's Michael Lee, Ted Leonsis also spoke about Wittman's future.

"Randy is under contract. And right now, he’s our coach. And I was very impressed with the job that Randy did. But more importantly, I was impressed during the exit interviews.

"To a man, the players all felt that the way that we played after the trade wasn’t fool’s gold. It wasn’t the end of the season and other teams weren’t trying. That this was a serious team. A team that was playing for one another. A team that’s coachable and working really, really had and it started to see the lights turning on, that if they played the right way they would get results.

"So we started to take that into consideration, but the players really liked the coach and the staff. That speaks volumes on what decision we’ll have to make."

Wittman previously has served as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

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