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NBA Wizards hire Brooks as head coach

dpadpa 26/04/2016

Washington Wizards have hired former NBA coach of the year Scott Brooks as their new head coach.

Former NBA coach of the year Scott Brooks has been confirmed as the Washington Wizards new head coach.

"Scott was our top candidate and we moved quickly on an agreement to make him our head coach," Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said.

"His presence, the core players we have returning and our [salary] cap flexibility this summer have us all looking forward to the possibilities of what our team can accomplish."

Brooks was excited to return to the NBA coaching ranks after several successful seasons as the Oklahoma City Thunder head coach. He guided the club to three Western Conference Finals and a trip to the 2012 NBA Championships.

Brooks joins the Wizards after compiling an impressive 338-207 record with Oklahoma City Thunder from 2008-15 before being dismissed.

"I am beyond thrilled to return to coaching with a team that is filled with such potential and to be able to join an organisation that is committed to helping us reach our goals," said Brooks, who reportedly signed a five-year deal worth $US35 million ($A45.20 million) dollars.

He said he was a grateful to Grunfeld and majority owner Ted Leonsis for the opportunity.

"I can promise the great fans of Washington that we will work extremely hard both on and off the court to represent them in a manner fitting the most powerful city in the world," he said.

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