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Friday's Wizards Links: Hiring Scott Brooks makes sense

Scott Brooks hiring shows Wizards are ready to spend big this summer: Since Ted Leonsis became majority owner of the Washington Wizards in 2010, the franchise has been known for playing it safe. That is what made the team’s single-minded pursuit of Scott Brooks over the past week, culminating with Brooks agreeing to a five-year, $35 million contract to become the team’s head coach, so fascinating. -- The Washington Post

Report: Durant not coming to Wizards, Brooks won't change that: To preface: The Wizards had plenty of good reasons to hire Scott Brooks as head coach beyond his relationship with Kevin Durant, as detailed here by Wizards Insider J. Michael. But a popular reaction on social media has been to cheer Brooks as the key to luring Durant. According to a report from The Vertical's Chris Mannix, that's not going to happen. -- CSN Mid-Atlantic

Wizards hiring of Scott Brooks has upside, even if they don’t land Kevin Durant: The Washington Wizards’ transparent preparations to lure Kevin Durant home this summer reached a new level of audacity Thursday. They hired Scott Brooks, Durant’s old coach, just eight days after discarding Randy Wittman. -- The Washington Post

Scott Brooks is set to be Washington Wizards’ next head coach: The Washington Wizards and Scott Brooks have agreed in principle on a five-year deal worth $35 million for Brooks to become the team’s head coach, according to people with knowledge of the situation. -- The Washington Post

Durant aside, this is how Scott Brooks' hiring makes sense: Ernie Grunfeld had identified the replacement for Randy Wittman immediately, and it was evident the same night he fired him following the completion of the Wizards' 41-41 season. Thursday, what CSNmidatlantic.com was told by multiple persons with knowledge of the situation, he reached an agreement in principle with Scott Brooks for five years and $35 million. -- CSN Mid-Atlantic

Wizards' hiring of Brooks follows familiar pattern: The one area in which the Wizards have been consistent in these last few years, as they've arranged their pieces to have cap space to make a major run at a prized free agent such as Kevin Durant, is decisiveness. That couldn't be more evident in coming to terms with Scott Brooks on a five-year deal worth $35 million. -- CSN Mid-Atlantic

Marcin Gortat shares initial reaction to Wizards hiring Scott Brooks: Marcin Gortat shared his initial reaction to new Wizards coach Scott Brooks in an extensive phone interview with CSN. He also identified the single most important factor for Brooks to succeed in Washington. -- CSN Mid-Atlantic