[Update, Aug. 8, 3:40 p.m.: The Wizards officially announced the hiring of Roy Rogers in a statement released Friday.]
The Wizards are on the verge of completing a deal to hire Roy Rogers as an assistant coach under Randy Wittman, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Rogers would replace Sam Cassell, who left the Wizards last week to join Doc Rivers’s staff with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The vocal Cassell, a former NBA point guard, played a significant role in the development of John Wall and Bradley Beal in his five seasons in Washington, but Rogers, who stands at 6-foot-9, is a big-man coach.
A Vancouver Grizzles first-round pick out of Alabama in 1996, Rogers played for four teams over three seasons in the NBA. He completed his playing career overseas in 2003 before transitioning to coaching.
Rogers, 40, has been an assistant coach in the NBA for six seasons after beginning his coaching career in the NBA Developmental League. He rose to the NBA in 2008, joining the Nets’ coaching staff for two seasons. He then was an assistant under Rivers with the Celtics for the 2010-11 season, before moving on to the the Pistons coaching staff from 2011-13.
Rogers returned to the Nets last season, serving under Jason Kidd, who departed to become the Bucks’ head coach this summer.