The Washington Wizards have found their replacement for Sam Cassell. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo is reporting that the team will hire former Brooklyn Nets assistant Roy Rogers to fill the gap left by Cassell's departure to the Clippers. Rogers, the Nets's big man coach last season, seemingly lost his position as new head coach Lionel Hollins began to form his own staff and will be released from his contract.
Rogers was the first-round pick of the Vancouver Grizzlies in the 1996 NBA Draft. He played in the NBA for four seasons, averaging 4.8 PPG and 3.5 RPG, before leaving to play overseas, where he had stints in Russia, Italy and Poland. After his playing career, Rogers served as an assistant coach for the Tulsa 66ers and Austin Toros of the NBA D-League and was the head coach of the Huntsville Flights in 2005. Rogers then made his move to the NBA, where he worked as a scout before joining Jason Kidd's Nets staff in 2013.
As a big-man coach, Rogers should have plenty to work with, as the Wizards spent the offseason revamping their front court. Rogers will be relied on to help assemble a front court rotation like he did with the Nets last season. Rogers should benefit from his relative familiarity with the team; he coached current Wizard Paul Pierce last season and seemingly has ties to Marcin Gortat from his time in Poland.
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