HoopsHype Randy Wittman rumors

October 15, 2014 Updates

On Tuesday, the NBA announced Sunday’s preseason matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will be a 44-minute game with four 11-minute quarters — four fewer minutes than the typical NBA contest. The NBA’s goal is “to examine the flow of a short game as compared to the standard 48-minute game.” Don’t count Washington Wizards Coach Randy Wittman as a supporter of the idea. “Yeah, you don’t want to hear my thoughts,” Wittman responded when asked for his thoughts. “I’m old school. I mean, are you going to have a whole new set of records? And how are you going to dictate who averaged more points LeBron James or Michael Jordan?” Washington Post

Wittman offered three suggestions to cut game times: Play the standard 48-minutes with one fewer timeout for each team, find a way to streamline the game’s final two minutes, and revisit instant replay. “I think we’ve extended the games a little bit with instant replay,” Wittman said. “And if we just concentrated on the last two minutes of a game. …We’ve lived through mistakes made before. It’s a human game and I think if you want to speed the flow of the game up then you can look at that too. But I’m just a damn coach.” Washington Post

October 4, 2014 Updates

"Randy Wittman has a great philosophy offensively and defensively. I'm very familiar with the system," Pierce said after another three-hour practice. "A lot of the different coaches run kind of the same system in a way. Some of the things he put in I'm very familiar with. I'm picking up stuff fast. "I like it. I've been with pretty much every kind of coach. When you've been with a guy like Rick Pitino, Doc Rivers, J. Kidd. He has his own demeanor. All coaches are different with their demeanor and how they handle players. But I think Witt, being a former player, he understands the players. He understands how hard to push you and when to pull back." CSNWashington.com

September 3, 2014 Updates

The Wizards are on the verge of completing a deal to hire Howard Eisley as an assistant coach under Randy Wittman, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. David Aldridge of TNT first reported the negotiations. Washington Post

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June 27, 2014 Updates

Coach Randy Wittman and Tommy Sheppard, senior vice president of basketball operations, are leaving Friday to visit Gortat who has been coordinating basketball camps across his homeland. Wizards assistant coach Pat Sullivan already has been there assisting Gortat, who is coming off one of his best seasons as a pro -- and his first in Washington -- with 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. CSNWashington.com

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"Randy's leadership and preparation allowed him to implement and build an unselfish team mentality over the last several seasons where defense comes first and every player is held accountable," said Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis. "The result is a Washington Wizards team that proudly represents our fans and our city both on and off the court and has us looking eagerly toward what we can accomplish moving forward." NBA.com

The Wizards have reached an agreement on a contract extension with Coach Randy Wittman, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation. The two sides got closer to completing a deal last week, when Wizards owner Ted Leonsis publicly stated that Wittman “deserves” the chance to come back. Washington Post

The Wizards have not disclosed the terms of the agreement, but Wittman will reportedly receive a three-year deal worth about $3 million per season. A person who has been in contact with the Wizards said the third season will be a team option. Last season, Wittman led the Wizards to a 44-38 record, good enough for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards reached the playoffs for the first time since 2008, won a playoff series for the first time since 2005 and won two games in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1979. Washington Post

May 27, 2014 Updates

David Aldridge: Wizards'3-yr deal w/Randy Wittman is in the $3-$3.5M range annually, per industry source. @Adrian Wojnarowski first to report deal was close. Twitter @daldridgetnt

Wittman's contract had been set to expire this summer, but both the organization and coach had been motivated to extend the partnership. The contract is expected to be finalized in the near future. Wittman had a breakthrough season for the Wizards, advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals before losing in six games to Indiana. After head coaching jobs in Minnesota and Cleveland, Wittman has found stability and success centered on the Wizards' talented young core of John Wall and Bradley Beal. Yahoo! Sports

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