Flip Saunders is Coming to D.C.

by April 13, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni

It’s not exactly a surprise, as all recent indications have pointed to Saunders taking over in Washington. Practically every media outlet is reporting the same thing: Flip Saunders will be the new head coach on the Wizards’ sidelines as soon as their horrific season concludes.

The Washington Post has more:

As one of the Washington Wizards’ worst regular seasons in franchise history slogs to a close, all signs are pointing to Flip Saunders being named the team’s head coach as early as next week.

A league official and a Western Conference team official both have said on condition of anonymity that Saunders is the top choice of General Manager Ernie Grunfeld. The team official added that Saunders, the former coach of the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves, already has tabbed former NBA player Sam Cassell as an assistant. The officials requested anonymity because they are not at liberty to speak on behalf of the Wizards.

No deal has been finalized, but Saunders is among at least five potential candidates to have spoken with Grunfeld, according to a league source.

Sam I Am and Gilbert Arenas joining forces is clearly a gift from the comedy gods.

As for Saunders, if his players’ fickle health permits it, he should have plenty of opportunities to show off his widely respected offensive schemes with this squad.