The Washington Wizards announced today that Randy Wittman will return as head coach for the 2012-1013 season. A news conference has been scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Verizon Center for Wittman and team President Ernie Grunfeld.

Thrilled to return. (Manny Ceneta/AP)

Wittman replaced Flip Saunders during the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 season. Wittman went 18-31, but the team was 11-14 after completing a trade with Denver for Nene. The Wizards were 7-4 with Nene in uniform.

“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity that [owner Ted] Leonsis and Ernie have given me and I’m thrilled to be returning to work with these players and this organization,” Wittman said in the same statement. 

More to come.

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