May 11, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman gestures against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in game four of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Randy Wittman finalizing three-year extension with Washington Wizards

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Randy Wittman guided the Washington Wizards to the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-2008 season and now he will be rewarded with a three-year contract extension, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available, but this is a wise investment for the club to reward the coach after Washington had their best season in nearly a decade.

Wittman, 54, completed his best season as a head coach in the NBA when he led the Wizards to a 44-38 record which was good for a second place finish in the Southeast division and defeated the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs to claim the organization’s first playoff series victory since they eliminated the Chicago Bulls in 2005.

The Wizards run would come to an end in the Eastern Conference Semifinals when they were dispatched by the No. 1 seeded Indiana Pacers.

Wittman took over as the interim head coach for Flip Saunders who was fired after a 2-15 start in the 2011-2012 season and was retained after finishing with an 18-31 record in his first season on the Wizards bench.

Overall, Wittman has a 91-122 record with the Wizards and a 191-323 career record which includes a two-year stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers and parts of three seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

With John Wall and Bradley Beal looking like the best young backcourt in the Eastern Conference and their coach locked up for the future, the Wizards could be a real sleeper in the conference to give the Pacers, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls real fits over the next few years.

 

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