Now that Scott Brooks is in place as the Wizards' new head coach, he has to begin the long, arduous task of filling out his coaching staff.
David Aldridge and J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reported the team is pushing Brooks to keep David Adkins, who served as a player development coach under Randy Wittman (and also coached Kevin Durant in high school) on as an assistant. But other than Adkins (who from all reports, has done great work and is more than just a pawn in the KD2DC chess match) it's safe to assume the rest of the coaching staff will be new next season.
Typically, the first place coaches look for candidates to fill out their coaching staff is with coaches they've worked with in the past, so with that in mind, here's a look at his former assistants and which ones are the most likely to wind up in D.C.
After Brooks was fired last year, The Oklahoman reported Rex Kalamian, Robert Pack, and Mike Terpstra were "very close" to Brooks and could potentially follow Brooks to a new job. Of course, that was before Brooks chose to sit out the 2015-16 season.
Rex Kalamian (assistant under Brooks from 2009-15) - Kalamian was Brooks' lead assistant for his final two years in Oklahoma City. After Brooks was fired, he was hired by Dwane Casey (who previously hired him as an assistant in Minnesota) to be the lead assistant in Toronto. In an interview with The Oklahoman, Kalamian said his role in Toronto under Casey is "very similar" to the role he held with the Thunder under Brooks.
Presumably, the Wizards would have to wait until after the Raptors are eliminated from the playoffs to schedule a formal interview with Kalamian, if he's interested in reuniting with Brooks.
Prior to working with Brooks, Kalamian also worked as an assistant coach for the Clippers from 1996-2003 under Bill Fitch, Chris Ford, Jim Todd, Alvin Gentry, and Dennis Johnson. He also worked alongside Scott Brooks in Denver under Jeff Bzdelik and George Karl. It's also worth noting Kalamian worked with Randy Wittman during his time in Minnesota and served under him after Wittman replaced Casey in Minnesota back in 2007.
Robert Pack (assistant under Brooks from 2013-15) - Pack joined the Thunder's coaching staff in 2013 after the Pistons hired Maurice Cheeks as head coach. In Oklahoma City, Pack did most of his work with Russell Westbrook and the team's other guards.
Prior to joining the Thunder, Pack served as an assistant for one year under Byron Scott and Jeff Bower in New Orleans, and spent three years in Los Angeles working under Vinny Del Negro. Pack is currently an assistant under Alvin Gentry with the Pelicans.
Mike Terpstra (assistant under Brooks from 2013-15) - Terpstra also joined the Thunder in 2013 to help fill the void from Cheeks' departure. Prior to his stint with the Thunder, he coached at various levels from high school to the D-League. He did not pick up a new NBA coaching job after Brooks was fired in 2015.
Maybe in the running, but they'd need to be hired away from OKC
Mark Bryant (assistant under Brooks from 2008-15) - Bryant served under Eric Musselman in Sacramento and was hired by P.J. Carlesimo when he took over head coaching duties with the Sonics in 2007, just like Scott Brooks. He kept Bryant on his staff after Carlesimo was fired and kept him throughout his tenure as Oklahoma City's head coach. When Billy Donovan arrived, he opted to keep Bryant on staff with the team as well.
If Brooks wants to bring Bryant on staff, he'll probably have to wait until after the Thunder are out of the playoffs to schedule an interview.
Maurice Cheeks (assistant under Brooks from 2009-13) - Cheeks joined Brooks in Oklahoma City when he became the team's full-time coach in 2009 and worked there until he was hired to be the Pistons' head coach in 2013. The Pistons let him go after a disappointing 21-29 start to the season.
After taking a year off, Cheeks resurfaced this season in Oklahoma City on Billy Donovan's staff, working mostly with the guards like he did under Scott Brooks.
Darko Rajakovic (assistant under Brooks from 2014-15) - Billy Donovan also opted to keep Rajakovic on staff when he came on board. Before he joined the Thunder, he coached in Serbia, Belgrade, Spain, and in the D-League with the Thunder's then-affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers.
Considering what the Thunder have invested in Rajakovic, they probably aren't too keen on letting him get away. But if Brooks is a believer in him, and he's willing to make a competitive offer, things could get interesting between him and his former employer.
Maz Trakh (assistant under Brooks from 2010-12) - Trakh spent most of his coaching career in the CBA and overseas before Brooks hired him in 2010. When Cheeks took the Pistons job in 2013, he brought Trakh with him. He hasn't held a NBA coaching job since his time in Detroit ended.
Brian Keefe (assistant under Brooks from 2009-14) - Keefe worked his way up through the Thunder coaching ranks, starting as a player development assistant and working his way up to being the team's defensive assistant coach.
Former Thunder player Derek Fisher hired him away to New York when he was named head coach of the Knicks. Now that he's gone, he could be available, depending on what the Knicks decide to do with their next head coach.
Ralph Lewis (assistant under Brooks from 2008-09) - Brooks inherited Lewis when he took over coaching duties in 2008, and Lewis didn't return his interim year. Lewis resurfaced in 2010 as an assistant under Paul Silas for Charlotte Bobcats. He hasn't had an assistant coaching gig since the Silas era came to an end in 2012.
Ron Adams (assistant under Brooks from (2008-10) - Adams is currently an assistant with the Golden State Warriors. Hard to imagine him leaving that situation.