Wizards Hire Flip Saunders as New Head Coach

Dumont WalkerSenior Analyst IApril 14, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, MI - MAY 24:  Head coach Flip Saunders of the Detroit Pistons reacts in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 24, 2008 at the Palace at Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Celtics won 94-80.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Even though the season has not ended, the Washington Wizards have wasted no time in finding someone to replace interim head coach, Ed Tapscott.

According to various media outlets the Washington Wizards are turning to former Detroit Pistons head coach Flip Saunders to take the 'Zards into the 2009-2010 season.

According to sources, Washington Wizards owners Abe Polin has given the go-ahead to team president Ernie Grunfeld to hire Flip Saunders. It is expected that an official announcement will be made next week. That will come at the culmination of the Wizards season, as well as the end of the postseason meetings that Grunfeld must attend at the end of the week.

Saunders will be taking over the worst team in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards are 19-62 after Monday night's home loss to Toronto and need to win their final game at Boston to avoid matching the franchise mark for worst record over an 82-game season.

As far as Flip Saunders is concerned, he is a well seasoned coach.

Saunders has coached for 13 NBA seasons, 10 with Minnesota and three with Detroit, with a career record of 587-396. He has made the playoffs 11 times, and he led the Pistons to three consecutive trips to the Eastern Conference finals from 2006 to 2008.

In taking over the Wizards Flip Saunders will have plenty of talent to work with. Washington recently locked up Gilbert Arenas to a long term deal. Combine that with Jamison and Butler and a possible No.1 draft pick and the Washington Wizards could have a team that can compete very soon.

However, only time will tell.


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