Wake-up call: Heavy lifting ahead for Randy Wittman

Wake-up call: Heavy lifting ahead for Randy Wittman
May 28, 2014, 6:00 am
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It'll take at least another 24 hours but the Wizards should have the details of coach Randy Wittman's contract finalized this week and a news conference will take place the next day.

That means as early as Thursday a three-year extension, as projected here 10 days ago, will be in place for Wittman, who had his best season as a coach with 44 regular-season wins. Wittman also guided the Wizards to their best postseason showing in nine years by advancing to the second round.

A person involved in the situation only would tell CSN Washington, "We're talking." 

Wittman will have his work cut out for him going into 2014-15:

  • Roster turnover: There could be a lot with 10 players in flux, including six unrestricted free agents
  • Reshape the offense for Marcin Gortat: Assuming the unrestricted free-agent center re-signs, he wants more of a role in the offense which would mean more plays run through him instead of Nene. It wouldn't require re-inventing the wheel, but Wittman has to change some or convince Gortat that his way is the best way.
  • What to do with Otto Porter: Regardless if unrestricted free agent Trevor Ariza re-signs, defining a role for the rising second-year small forward is vital. He's probably still not ready to start but more playing time seems inevitable given the investment in the No. 3 draft pick. But that's complicated because of Martell Webster's presence. He dealt with injuries and then lost confidence in his shot. His contract, $5 million per, dictates he should play but he shares the same spot with Porter. 

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