The Washington Wizards have agreed to terms with Scott Brooks to be the team’s new head coach, his agent told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears.
Brooks and the Wizards have agreed in principle on a five-year deal worth $35 million, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Yahoo! Sports.
On Wednesday, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that the Wizards ramped up their efforts to take Brooks off the market after realizing the Houston Rockets were a potential threat to pursue Brooks once their postseason ends.
The Rockets, sources said, were optimistic as recently as Monday that Brooks would wait until their job is officially open before making any decisions. ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy was the co-favorite with Brooks in Houston.
Brooks, a former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach, emerged as the front-runner for Washington’s vacancy almost from the moment it opened, when Randy Wittman was fired following the final game of the Wizards’ disappointing 41-41 season. Wittman had been the team’s head coach for four-plus seasons.
Brooks posted a record of 338-207 with the Thunder and made a trip to the 2012 NBA Finals among his five playoff appearances. He has been mentioned as a likely coaching target for the Wizards for months, given Washington’s well-chronicled intent to pursue D.C. native Kevin Durant in free agency this summer.