Mar 03, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman reacts during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE
As recently as two hours ago, I was wondering what was taking so long for the Washington Wizards to just proclaim that Randy Wittman would be their head coach next year. But now, it looks like the Wizards are taking steps to lock Wittman's status down. Wittman is expected to sign a new two-year contract to be the Wizards' coach, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
Wojnarowski also reports that the Wizards "won't make a significant financial contribution" to Wittman, though he adds that's a trend many teams may soon follow.
The Wizards won’t make a significant financial commitment to Wittman, sources said, and that’s a trend that more franchises are expected to continue. After the NBA lockout, many owners are determined to pay front-office and coaching staffs less money.
Wittman's two-year contract, if it begins this year, goes hand-in-hand with the new two-year contract general manager and team president Ernie Grunfeld received a couple months ago. Wittman had one year remaining on his current contract as an assistant coach.
As has been reported and confirmed in several places, several key players, including John Wall and Nene, expressed their support for Wittman.
So, that's getting close to being done. Feel free to respond to the news in the comments.