Wake-up call: With Caps' situation settled, Randy Wittman is next

Wake-up call: With Caps' situation settled, Randy Wittman is next
May 27, 2014, 6:00 am
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The musical chairs being done with coaches around the NBA don't involve the Wizards, who are expected to soon extend a new deal to Randy Wittman. That the Capitals, Washington's NHL franchise also owned by Ted Leonsis, completed their moves over the weekend make securing Wittman's future the logical next step.

"Until they stop asking me for my opinion on players, free agents, (the) draft, I'm not worried about it," Wittman said recently. 

The Capitals missed the playoffs and fired coach Adam Oates and long-time GM George McPhee while the Wizards were competing deep into the NBA's postseason. They advanced to the second round and pushed the Indiana Pacers to six games. Enter Barry Trotz as the new coach and Brian MacLellan was promoted from assistant GM. 

There will be a news conference at 12:30 p.m. ET to introduce the hires Tuesday at Verizon Center, and then the Wizards will be on the clock. Unlike the Capitals, there's no need to search for a coach. Wittman, who led the Wizards to their first playoff berth in six years and their best regular-season record in nine, should be getting an extension along with president Ernie Grunfeld. 

Meanwhile, the rest of NBA teams with openings will be busier than the Wizards. The Los Angeles Lakers have interviewed Mike Dunleavy and Byron Scott and will interview Lionel Hollins, who sat out the 2013-14 season after being fired by the Memphis Grizzlies, and L.A. Clippers lead assistant Alvin Gentry in a search to replace Mike D'Antoni.

According to Broderick Turner of the L.A. Times, Gentry will be interviewed this week by GM Mitch Kupchak and co-owner Jim Buss. And Gentry should be getting looks. Not too long ago, he led the Phoenix Suns to the Western Conference finals when they pushed the eventual champion Lakers to six games in 2010. 

The Wizards should hope Gentry stays out West. He also has interviewed for the job with the Cleveland Cavaliers after they fired Mike Brown again.

With Gentry, the Cavaliers would be a potent offense if he's paired with Kyrie Irving and could improve on their 33-win season. Gentry was the top assistant for the Clippers under Doc Rivers and orchestrated a more fluid offense with Chris Paul running the point. When he had Steve Nash in Phoenix and surrounded him with shooters, Gentry was successful, too. 

The Wizards have enough moving parts to be concerned with during the offseason with so many of their own players becoming free agents and combing the market for replacements and upgrades. Being patient with the coaching staff rather than making knee-jerk decisions when the team struggled at times during the season makes the front office appear that much smarter.