As the Washington Wizards continue on the search for their next head coach, one candidate has reportedly emerged as the frontrunner.
According to NBA insider Shams Charania, Denver Nuggets’ associate head coach Wes Unseld Jr. is now the leading candidate to land the job in Washington.
Denver Nuggets associate head coach Wes Unseld Jr. is emerging as the leader to be the Washington Wizards’ new head coach, sources tell me and @FredKatz.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 15, 2021
If Unseld Jr. were to land the Wizards head job, it wouldn’t be his only experience with the organization.
Straight out of college, the Johns Hopkins University graduate took a job as a personnel scout for his father, Wes Unseld Sr., who was Washington’s general manager at the time. After eight seasons of personnel scouting, Unseld Jr. landed an assistant coaching role in 2005.
Leaving that Wizards position in 2011, he went on to serve stints as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors (2011-12) and Orlando Magic (2012-15). After taking a job with the Nuggets in 2015, Unseld was promoted to his current lead assistant role in 2016.
Unseld interviewed for a head coaching job in Cleveland back in 2019 but was beat out by former Michigan coach John Beilein. He was also the runner up for the Chicago Bulls gig last offseason and a frontrunner for the Orlando job before it was filled by Jamahl Mosley earlier this week.
The Wizards parted ways with former head coach Scott Brooks in June after five seasons with the organization.
Bucks assistants Darvin Ham and Charles Lee are also reportedly candidates for the Wizards job, per ESPN.