Scott Brooks stepped down as head coach of the Washington Wizards after the parties were unable to agree on a new contract, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Brooks’ previous contract had expired after the playoffs.
Brooks had just led the Wizards to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. His contract expired after Washington’s first-round loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, and Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said earlier this month the team needed to evaluate Brooks.
In five seasons, Brooks was 183-207 with three playoff appearances, including the Eastern Conference semifinal in 2016-17. The Wizards finished 34-38 this season.
The Wizards will enter a coaching hunt as they try to figure out the future of Bradley Beal, who is entering the final year of his contract next season.
Brooks helped navigate Washington through a season that was threatened by multiple injuries and a COVID-19 outbreak. The Wizards halted their season for nine days in January, including 13 days without playing a game, when seven players entered NBA health and safety protocols.
By April 5, Washington was 17-32. But the Wizards bounced back, winning 17 of their last 23 regular-season games to enter the play-in tournament before finally becoming the eighth seed.
With Stan Van Gundy also out with the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, there are now six head coach openings in the NBA: Boston, Indiana, New Orleans, Orlando, Portland and Washington. Nate McMillan is currently the interim coach at Atlanta, but the expectation is that he will be rewarded with a new contract after the playoffs.