UPDATE: NBC Sports Washington announced that Justin Kutcher is the next play-by-play announcer and Drew Gooden is the next analyst. There is no announcement on Caron Butler at this time. The original post is below.
Turnover is rare when it comes to the Wizards’ television play-by-play crew. After all, Steve Buckhantz was the play-by-play announcer along with Phil Chenier for two decades. But two years ago, Kara Lawson replaced Chenier — but she is now an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. And Buckhantz’s contract wasn’t renewed before the end of the 2018-19 season.
Now, we know who will take the roles.
On Tuesday, Scott Allen of The Washington Post reported that FOX Sports’ Justin Kutcher will be the new play-by-play announcer on local television games. Drew Gooden will return as a color analyst, but Caron Butler will also fill that role.
Kutcher has been with FOX Sports since 2012, but has provided his talents for a wide variety of leagues including college football and Major League Baseball. He is also just 39 years old and will provide a younger face to the broadcast booth.
Gooden has been a substitute color analyst in the last two NBA seasons whenever Lawson fulfilled her duties with ESPN, most notably with women’s college basketball. Butler was a two-time All-Star with the Wizards, but he has served as a basketball analyst on a variety of networks since he retired.
It is sad to see Buckhantz leave after 22 years on the job. At the same time, it will be interesting to see how the new broadcast crew meshes together.