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Scott Brooks, Jeff Hornacek among front runners for Wizards' head coaching vacancy, according to reports

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Randy Wittman is out as the Wizards' head coach and Washington already several coaching candidates they're considering, according to multiple reports.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting former Thunder head coach Scott Brooks is a "strong candidate" to replace Wittman. If the Wizards are still truly in the hunt for Kevin Durant, going after Brooks, his former coach in Oklahoma City is a logical move. Though to be fair, Brooks did make it to an NBA Finals and presided over the Thunder's development into one of the best teams in the Western Conference. Durant ties or not, he's going to be a highly sought-after candidate by several teams, and with good reason.

Wojnarowski also threw another interesting name into the mix: Former Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek.

Hornacek's inclusion is interesting, given his prior relationship with Markieff Morris in Phoenix. They got off to a great start together in 2013-14, winning 48 games and nearly making the playoffs, but things got rocky over the next two seasons. Earlier this season, Morris was suspended for two games when he threw a towel at Hornacek. However, it's worth noting Morris had nice things to say about Hornacek after he was fired in February:

"Like I said, Jeff was my guy from Day 1. Never had a problem with him even the so-said towel incident, never had a problem with him. Me and him always see eye to eye. We were just in a tough position."

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post is reporting Mike D'Antoni and Sam Cassell are also among potential candidates for the job.

Cassell's inclusion makes sense, considering he served under Flip Saunders and Randy Wittman in Washington and has lots of experience with Wall. If Washington wants a candidate who would provide the most stability in transition, he's the best fit.

D'Antoni is an interesting candidate here as well. Certainly, he's the candidate who would have the best shot at maximizing Wall's offensive potential, but Washington would need to be willing to make some serious philosophical overhauls to make the most of what D'Antoni can offer. He's a high-risk candidate, but the reward is clear if you can make it work.

Considering how quickly news got out that the Wizards would be interested in Brooks, and how much the Wizards have done to make themselves an appealing destination for Kevin Durant, you'd have to think he's by far the front runner here. That said, there are quite a few high-profile coaching jobs available or likely becoming available in the next few days (Knicks, Lakers, Nets, Kings, etc.), which should make the Wizards' search for a coach all the more challenging and interesting.