The Washington Wizards and head coach Scott Brooks could not come to an agreement on a new contract and have agreed to part ways, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Brooks arrived at the end of his five-year deal following the Wizards' first-round playoff exit, when they were bounced by the Philadelphia 76ers in five games.
The 2020-21 season was one of monumental change for the organization, with the Wizards trading franchise cornerstone John Wall to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook weeks before their season-opener. After a miserable 17-32 start — which included a 13-day layoff due to a covid outbreak — the Wizards rallied, going 17-6 down the stretch to earn a spot in the NBA's play-in tournament, where they eventually earned the eighth seed in the playoffs. They went 34-38 in the regular season.
The Wizards made the playoffs in three out of five seasons under Brooks but were never able to advance past the second round, which they reached in Brooks' first season (2016-17) in Washington, when they were eliminated by the Celtics in seven games.
The Wizards had a 183-207 record under Brooks, good for a .469 winning percentage over five seasons.
Brooks initially signed a five-year deal reportedly worth $35 million with the Wizards in April 2016.