Wizards sign Wittman to extension

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 03 2014 05:05:26 PM EDT
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Washington coach Randy Wittman signed a three-year, $9 million contract extension with the Wizards on Tuesday.

The team announced the agreement and The Washington Post reported the terms of the contract, which includes a team option for the final season.

It was reported last week that the Wizards were close to a deal with Wittman.

"This team and this organization have made significant strides over the last 2 1/2 seasons and I'm excited to be a part of the next step in that process," Wittman said in a statement. "The players and staff all feel that this is the beginning of something special and we're dedicated to building on our positive accomplishments while striving to improve and reach the next level of success."

Wittman guided the Wizards into the playoffs this season after a five-year absence. With a 44-38 regular-season record, Washington landed the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards eliminated the Chicago Bulls in the opening round of the playoffs and pushed the Indiana Pacers to six games before falling.

Since Wittman replaced Flip Saunders during the 2011-12 season, the Wizards have gone 91-122.

"We are pleased with the progress the team has made on the court and with the culture we have been able to build with Randy as our head coach," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld. "We will look to continue that momentum with him deservedly leading this group of dedicated and hard-working players."

Washington's 44 wins were the most by the franchise since 2004-05. The Wizards' 22 road victories were tied for the best in the league.

"Randy’s leadership and preparation allowed him to implement and build an unselfish team mentality over the last several seasons where defense comes first and every player is held accountable," Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis said. "The result is a Washington Wizards team that proudly represents our fans and our city both on and off the court and has us looking eagerly toward what we can accomplish moving forward."

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