Nets assistant coach Roy Rogers signs with Washington Wizards

Roy Rogers with Jason Kidd on the Brooklyn Nets bench

Roy Rogers sits next to Jason Kidd on the Brooklyn Nets bench last season. AP Photo.

Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Roy Rogers, who worked with the big men, will not come back next season and will instead work as an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Rogers served just one season on the Nets bench under Jason Kidd, but with Lionel Hollins moving in, and his new staff, the Nets decided they didn’t need him. So he moves on and will essentially replace Sam Cassell as the Wizard’s assistant.

Rogers has a solid career as an assistant coach including his time with the Detroit Pistons under Lawrence Frank (2011-13), and with the Boston Celtics under Doc Rivers (2010-11). He also coached in the NBA Development League with three different teams from 2004-08.

Prior to his coaching career, Rogers was selected 22nd overall in the 1996 NBA Draft out of the University of Alabama. He spent three years in the NBA with four different teams and averaged 4.8 points with 3.5 rebounds per game in that span. He also played basketball in Europe before taking a job as a D-League coach.

Rogers was still under a two-year contract with the Nets when he signed with the Wizards. The Nets will have to pay the difference in his salary as the Wizards will pay him slightly less money than the Nets were.


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