Scott Brooks Gives Wizards a Better Pitch to Free Agents Than You Think

April 21st, 2016 by Jared Dubin Leave a reply »

The Washington Wizards reached an agreement with Scott Brooks on Thursday to make the former Oklahoma City Thunder top man the team's new head coach. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Brooks' contract will pay him $35 million over five years. 

It should come as no surprise that the move was immediately framed in terms of how it might impact the Wizards' expected pursuit of Kevin Durant in free agency this summer. As Chris Mannix of The Vertical wrote following the hiring:

Durant isn't bound for Washington, friends say, because … it's Washington, it's home, and, like so many athletes, Durant isn't all that keen on returning to play in the city in which he grew up. Friends, family – some real, some claiming to be – all come out of the woodwork in those situations, and Durant, who has tightened his inner circle considerably in recent years, isn't interested in dealing with them. His lone trip to D.C. this season was stressful, league sources told The Vertical, reinforcing to friends that wherever Durant signs next summer, Washington won't be it.

Although the pre-existing rel ...

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