Sources: Wizards to pursue Scott Brooks after firing Randy Wittman

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After the dismissal of coach Randy Wittman, the Washington Wizards have significant interest in pursuing former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, league sources told The Vertical.

Scott Brooks (NBAE/Getty Images)
Scott Brooks (NBAE/Getty Images)

Wittman was fired after a disappointing 41-41 season on Wednesday night, and Brooks looms as a significant target for the Wizards, league sources said. There had been some movement within the Wizards to pursue Brooks during the regular season, but the Wizards are expected to be aggressive in the marketplace with Brooks, league sources said.

Wittman was informed of his dismissal after the Wizards' victory over Atlanta on Wednesday night, sources said.

Brooks isn't the only candidate on the list, which will include interest in former Suns coach Jeff Hornacek and Philadelphia 76ers assistant Mike D'Antoni, league sources said.

Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld is expected to have his future solidified in the near future, league sources said.

Brooks will be a target of multiple teams in a market that is largely unappealing for winning opportunities. He was 338-207 in seven seasons with the Thunder, including a 2011 trip to the NBA Finals and a 2010 NBA Coach of the Year award and three trips to the Western Conference finals.

Brooks is a target for Minnesota, Houston and it is believed that he’s awaiting to see what decision the Los Angeles Lakers make on coach Byron Scott, sources said.

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