Sources: Wizards nearing extension with coach Randy Wittman

Adrian Wojnarowski
Yahoo Sports
Sources: Wizards nearing extension with coach Randy Wittman

The Washington Wizards are nearing an agreement on a three-year contract extension with coach Randy Wittman, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Wittman's contract had been set to expire this summer, but both the organization and coach had been motivated to extend the partnership. The contract is expected to be finalized in the near future.

Wittman had a breakthrough season for the Wizards, advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals before losing in six games to Indiana. After head coaching jobs in Minnesota and Cleveland, Wittman has found stability and success centered on the Wizards' talented young core of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

After replacing Flip Saunders early in the 2011-12 season, the Wizards stayed with him through a rocky 2012-13, and that faith paid off with 44 victories and a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series victory over the Chicago Bulls this season.

Wittman's career record is 191-329 in parts of eight seasons with Cleveland, Minnesota and Washington, and the 2013-14 season had been his first in the playoffs as a head coach.