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Wizards officially announce Scott Brooks hiring

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The Wizards finally made the news that was reported last week official: Scott Brooks is the new head coach. Here's part of their press release announcing the hiring:

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that Scott Brooks has been hired as the team’s new head coach. Brooks will become the 24th head coach in franchise history. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

"I am beyond thrilled to return to coaching with a team that is filled with such potential and to be able to join an organization that is committed to helping us reach our goals," said Brooks. "I’m very grateful to Ted Leonsis and Ernie Grunfeld for this opportunity and I can promise the great fans of Washington that we will work extremely hard both on and off the court to represent them in a manner fitting the most powerful city in the world."

[...] "Scott’s approach to the game, track record for player development and ability to communicate with his players made him the clear-cut choice to guide our team as we continue to rise as contenders in the Eastern Conference," said Monumental Sports & Entertainment Founder and Wizards Majority Owner Ted Leonsis. "His accomplishments as a coach are matched only by his sterling reputation around the league and we’re confident that our fans and players alike will embrace and support him as he leads the way."

[...] "Scott was our top candidate and we moved quickly on an agreement to make him our head coach," said Grunfeld. "His presence, the core players we have returning and our cap flexibility this summer have us all looking forward to the possibilities of what our team can accomplish."

Washington is reportedly paying Brooks $35 million over the next five years. As of now, that makes Brooks the person in the organization under contract for the 2020-21 season.

The team also announced they will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm EST to introduce Brooks. Ernie Grunfeld and Ted Leonsis will be on hand for the press conference.