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Washington Wizards Hire Howard Eisley as Assistant Coach

September 4th, 2014 at 5:46 PM
By Matt Graber

The Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers are swapping assistant coaches. After losing Sam Cassell to Doc Rivers' staff in July, the Wizards will replace him with Clippers assistant Howard Eisley, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com. Eisley has worked as the Clippers' player development assistant since 2010. He joins Roy Rogers and David Adkins as new additions to Randy Wittman's staff.

The 41 year old Eisley played for eight teams during his twelve year NBA career. Drafted 30th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1994, the point guard spent 5 seasons as John Stockton's backup before short stints with the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets before retiring in 2006. He posted career averages of 6.5 PPG and 3.5 APG.

The veteran Eisley will likely work closely with young guards John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Glen Rice Jr. in a role similar to Cassell's. While Eisley was never as prominent a player as Cassell, his extensive NBA experience should serve him well as an assistant. With Eisley likely working with the guards and Rogers working with the big men, the Wizards look to be hiring young assistants and grooming them for specific roles.

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