NBA News: Washington Wizards close in dealing Scott Brooks as head coach

According to a report at Yahoo Sports, Washington Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld offered Scott Brooks the franchise’s head coaching job on Wednesday.

Scott Brooks became one of the candidates of several teams including the Houston Rockets, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers. Among other teams who have interest with Brooks, the Washington Wizards were showing strong pursuit in getting the service of the former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach.

Grunfeld had met Scott Brooks in Southern California to formally offer the coaching position that was left by Randy Wittman after being fired on April 14. Wizard had been reportedly signing Scott Brooks in a contract that will pay him in the range of $7 million per season.

The decision came after the Washington Wizards failed to enter the playoffs after finishing in the 10th seed of the Eastern Conference where they established a 41-41 win-loss record.

However, Wittman managed to bring to the team in the playoffs last season and win the first round against the Toronto Raptors but unfortunately Wizards star John Wall suffered an injury resulting for the Wizards to lose to the Atlanta Hawks in the second round.

Ever since Wittman was fired, Scott Brooks was widely regarded as the main candidate for the head coach position since they thought that hiring Brooks would lead to higher chances in luring a D.C native Kevin Durant who will become a free agent in the off-season.

Scott Brooks had been enthusiastic about the job offered by the Wizards. He had reputation for developing young players after his time working with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Serge Ibaka with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

If he will be officially coaching the Wizards, his next assignment would be John Wall, Garrett Temple, Otto Porter Jr., Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat and bring the Washington Wizards to the NBA championship.

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