For those of you that didn’t read the various news articles highlighting the recent three- year contract extension signed by Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman, news flash: it’s a big deal. The Wizards bench coach will now be leading the Washington assault for at minimum of two more years after signing the contract with a third year option. What exactly does this mean you may ask?
In the last two seasons, the Wizards made major upgrades to the entire roster and this all began with the hiring of Wittman. The 54-year old quickly found the formula to mesh the youth with the veteran experience, and it showed with a 44 win season. The team displayed great support for their coach throughout, and it would have been a major mistake by management to not extend Wittman’s contract.
In the past, several teams have fallen apart after coaches failed to receive contract extensions during their option year, and the Wizards avoided any potential pitfalls by extending Wittman. This means Washington will have Wittman under contract for two years and put themselves in a similar situation down the line. The additional seasons will allow for the young back court of Bradley Beal and John Wall to develop as a unit and ascend to their potential even quicker. If the team’s able to make the appropriate moves this offseason, coach Wittman will have the chance to lead the Wizards to the promise land.