AP Sources: Scott Brooks to be WA Wizards following coach

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 4:09 AM

The Wizards reached agreement with Brooks to become the team'south new coach on Thursday, said two people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because number announcement had been made.

AP Sources: Scott Brooks to be WA Wizards following coach

Scott Brooks is on his way to Washington, the latest move made by the Wizards that could've the added benefit of enticing Kevin Durant to return residence this summer.

The Wizards reached agreement with Brooks to become the team'south new coach on Thursday, said two people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because number announcement had been made.

The sides agreed on a five-year deal, one of the people told the AP.

Brooks had a 338-207 record in seven years with the OK City Thunder. He helped expand Durant and Russell Westbrook into perennial All-Stars and led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012.

He replaces Randy Wittman, whose contract option wasn't picked up after WA went 41-41 and finished tenth in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards succumbed to injury and inconsistency in Wittman'south final season and were among the league'south most disappointing teams after reaching the second circular of the playoffs the past two seasons.

The Wizards moved quickly to bring in a coach who was very much in demand, ensuring that the Houston Rockets, a team that Brooks played for during his NBA career and is still in the first circular of the playoffs, never got a chance to consider him. Brooks also drew some consideration from MN before the Timberwolves hired Tom Thibodeau.

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld flew to CA to meet with Brooks this week and set the wheels in motion to bring him to Washington.

Brooks fits what Grunfeld said he was looking for: a coach who can construct a powerful defensive team. Brooks also has another quality: A past relationship with Durant and they continue to keep a deep respect for one another.

Durant grew up in the WA area and will be a free-agent this summer. Grunfeld has a roster full of players with contracts that expired after the season and plenty of cap space to add a player of Durant'south caliber to a team led by All-Star point guard John Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal.

But the Wizards went after Brooks for more than his relationship with Durant. WA was seeking an accomplished and experienced coach to lead a core grouping of players about to enter the prime of their careers.

Brooks is a instructor who also helped Serge Ibaka solidify himself as one of the league'south best defensive large men. His skill to relate to players marks a departure from Wittman, a disciplinarian who took many of his cues from his college coach, Bob Knight.

Brooks is expected to be able to interact well to Beal and Wall, who acknowledged having a shouting match with Wittman toward the finish of the season. Nevertheless, Wall said he'd "a grand relationship" with Wittman.

Brooks was criticized in OK City when the Thunder'south offense would become stagnant in the fourth quarters of playoff games as Westbrook and Durant seemed to get turns running isolation plays. Presently it's Brooks' work to obtain the most out of another talented backcourt and assistance the Wizards obtain back to the playoffs.

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