The Washington Wizards have reached an agreement with Flip Saunders, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.
Saunders hasn’t officially signed a contract yet, but is expected to do so and has already begun assembling his staff.
Long-time NBA guard Sam Cassell is expected to join Saunders as an assistant coach.
The Wizards have been working on a deal with Saunders since the All-Star break, and wanted to hire a veteran coach to bring stability back to Washington.
The Wizards could secure the #1 pick in the NBA Draft, making a return to the playoffs likely next season.
I’ve always liked Flip as a coach. His system should help improve the Wizards stagnant offense, as will a healthy Gilbert Arenas.
Saunders compiled 587-396 regular season record and a 47-51 record in the playoffs during stops in Minnesota and Detroit. His Detroit teams lost in the three straight Eastern Conference Finals, leading to his firing after the 2007-2008 season.