Four Assistants Emerge As Leaders For Wizards Vacancy

Several assistants have emerged as frontrunners for the Wizards’ coaching vacancy, according Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.Wes Unseld Jr

The reported list consists of Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr., Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley, and Bucks assistants Charles Lee and Darvin Ham.

A source familiar with search told Hoops Wire that Unseld may have the inside track.

Along with those names, the Wizards have also spoken with 76ers assistant Sam Cassell, Celtics assistant Scott Morrison and Bulls assistant Chris Fleming, per Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.

All four have been candidates listed by Wojnarowski for several vacancies over the past several seasons. Lee is reportedly a finalist for the Pelicans opening, with Unseld Jr. and Mosley in the running for the Magic job.

Unseld Jr., of course, is the son of the late Wes Unseld, a franchise legend who won a championship as a player, before going on to serve separate stints as coach and general manager.

Meanwhile, Unseld Jr. was an assistant with the Wizards from 2005-11. Prior to joining the Nuggets in 20015, he also was an assistant with the Magic. His familiarity with the Washington franchise could make him a favorite.

Lee, 36, has been an assistant under Mike Budenholzer since 2014, first with the Hawks. Like Budenholzer, Lee has been with the Bucks since 2018. He has never been a head coach.

Mosely, 42, has been an assistant with the Mavericks since 2014. Before that, he was an assistant with the Cavaliers (2010-14) and Nuggets (2007-10). He spent two years in a player development role with the Nuggets from 2005-07.

Ham, 47, has assisted Budenholzer for the entire three seasons with the Bucks, and five years before that with the Hawks. He has also been an assistant with the Lakers and spent the 2010-11 season as head coach of the New Mexico Thunderbirds of the G League.

Ham spent eight seasons as a player in the NBA, winning a championship with the Pistons in 2004.

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