April 16, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman during the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE
The Washington Wizards' coaching situation continues to get weirder by the day. We've established that it's pretty likely Randy Wittman will return to be the head coach, mostly because he and Flip Saunders' other assistants are under contract for next year. We also know that the organization hasn't made anything official yet, even though they also haven't been interviewing other candidates.
Now, according to Michael Lee, we learn that it's entirely possible Wittman himself isn't aware of the Wizards' intentions.
Nothing has been agreed upon or signed with Wittman, according to multiple league sources. And, a person with knowledge of the situation said that the Wizards’ intentions have yet to be expressed to the person with the most at stake in the decision – Wittman.
For what it's worth, Lee reports Wittman and Ernie Grunfeld are together in Minnesota checking out draft prospects at a group workout, so it's possible the person who has knowledge of the situation doesn't really have knowledge of the situation.
But if there's any shred of truth to the idea that even Wittman himself doesn't really know what's going on, it makes you wonder what the Wizards are doing here. Originally, my thought was that the Wizards felt it would be awkward to interview other candidates with Wittman under contract, even though the Indiana Pacers did so while Frank Vogel still held the interim tag. But if they're also not telling Wittman himself what their plan is, then it almost seems like they simply have no urgency to resolve the situation.
I'm on the fence about Wittman's return myself, though the fact that John Wall and Nene spoke positively of him certainly helps his case. But if the Wizards are keeping Wittman around another year anyway, and if they aren't going to interview other candidates, then I agree completely with Kyle Weidie. Just make this thing official already.