Wake-up call: Wizards never looked beyond Randy Wittman

Wake-up call: Wizards never looked beyond Randy Wittman
June 3, 2014, 6:00 am
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The holdup with making Randy Wittman's contract official is coordinating schedules of all those involved, including owner Ted Leonsis and president Ernie Grunfeld, but the Wizards should officially announce his three-year extension later this week. 

As CSN Washington has reported for more than a month, Wittman's return was never in doubt after a 44-win season and getting the Wizards to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in nine years. 

There's no drama. No indecision. No reaching outside the organization to gauge the temperature of the unemployed likes of Lionel Hollins and George Karl. The Wizards were certain that they had their man all along. 

They've moved on to other decisions that must be made come the June 26 draft and July 1 free agency.

The Wizards will begin bringing in players for workouts at Verizon Center starting next week. With only a second-round pick, 46th overall, they'll take the best player available though ideally they want size. This is what the 2013 draft looked like in those last 15 slots: Erick Green, Raul Neto, Ryan Kelly, Erik Murphy, James Ennis, Romero Osby, Lorenzo Brown, Colton Iverson, Arsalan Kazemi, Joffrey Lauvergne, Peyton Siva, Alex Oriakhi, Deshaun Thomas, Bojan Dubljevic and Janis Timma. 

Of course, 5-9 guard Isaiah Thomas was the 60th and final pick in 2011 for the Sacramento Kings. Passing over a player of his quality to get size for the sake of size would be a major flub. Thomas averaged 20.3 points per game this season. 

What's clear when free agency opens is the Wizards will make every effort to bring back Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza. If they don't return, it won't be because the team didn't didn't try. All Drew Gooden and Garrett Temple have to say is yes and they'll be back in uniform, too, though there's a wait-and-see approach with others.

Gooden didn't mince words about his desire to come back. Temple didn't get much time after Andre Miller was acquired via trade in February but his professionalism and work ethic didn't suffer. He's the type of player Wittman adores, and his 6-6 frame and defensive mindset fits this team's identity. It's a matter of other offers and the possibility of more playing time that could sway Temple's decision. 

Tomas Satoransky, a 2012 second-round draft pick for Washington, still is playing overseas. The Wizards will sit down with him soon, work out a deal and then expect him to be at Las Vegas summer league starting July 11.