Scott Brooks will likely return as head coach for his fourth season in Washington.
The Wizards fired Ernie Grunfeld Tuesday in a move that was overdue and overshadowed by Bruce Harper’s return to D.C.
In his first three seasons as Wizards head coach, Brooks has complied a 124-118 record since he took over for Randy Whitman at the end of the 2016 season.
Brooks led the Wizards to the Eastern Conference-semis in 2017 and haven’t returned to form since.
The Wizards lost in the first round last season to the Raptors in six games and lost John Wall for half the season. This season the Wizards have been worse after losing John Wall to heel surgery and then an achilles tear that will sideline him until at least February 2020.
The Wizards have already been eliminated from the playoffs and look to the start of a small rebuild even though Wizards owner Ted Leonsis wants to remain competitive.
Brooks will enter the fourth season of his five-year $35 million contract so the financial incentive for keeping him is there. This will be the first time the Wizards will miss the playoffs under Brooks’ guidance.