Steve Lavin and Justin Kutcher.

NBC Sports Washington will hire Justin Kutcher to be the new television play-by-play announcer for Washington Wizards games, according to The Washington Post.

NBC Sports Washington is expected to name veteran Fox Sports announcer Justin Kutcher as its new Wizards play-by-play man this week, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The Washington Post reports that former Wizards Drew Gooden and Caron Butler will share color commentator duties, with “Gooden calling a majority of the games.” Kara Lawson left the color commentator position to be an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics.

Kutcher, 39, has been with Fox Sports as a college football, college basketball, and MLB announcer since 2012. Before that, he called a variety of sports for ESPN, and also did play-by-play for CSTV, the Big Ten Network, and CBS Sports Network.

But the biggest response from Wizards fans to this news isn’t about Kutcher getting the job, but rather about Steve Buckhantz no longer having it.

Buckhantz, 64, served as the Wizards’ TV voice for the past 22 years, but NBC Sports Washington chose to not exercise his contract option in March. The Washington Post reports that NBC Sports Washington considered “roughly 12 candidates for Buckhantz’s play-by-play position” before ultimately deciding on Kutcher.

Many Wizards are displeased with NBC Sports Washington’s decision to not bring back Buckhantz as the play-by-play man.

So, this isn’t about Kutcher to Wizards fans- it’s simply about losing a beloved announcer in Buckhantz. Hopefully Wizards fans will give Kutcher a fair chance, and he’ll likely win most of them over in time too.

[The Washington Post; Photo Credit: Justin Kutcher on Twitter]

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