Wes Unseld Jr., Sam Cassell Candidates For Wizards Opening

Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr. and 76ers assistant Sam Cassell have emerged as the leading candidates for the Wizards’ coaching vacancy, per Brian Windhorst of ESPN.Wes Unseld Jr

Both have interviewed for multiple openings over the past couple of years, but so far, have only been linked to the Wizards job. Neither has any prior experience as a head coach.

Unseld is the son of late Wizards legend Wes Unseld, who also served as the franchise’s head coach and general manager. Unseld Jr. was an assistant with the Wizards from 2005-11. Prior to joining the Nuggets in 20015, he also served stints as an assistant with the Wizards and Magic.

Cassell was an NBA point guard from 1993-2008, winning two championships with the Rockets in that span (1994 and ’95), and another with the Celtics (’08). He was an assistant with the Wizards from 2009-14, then with the Clippers for six years before following Doc Rivers to the Sixers before the start of the season.

The Wizards are looking to replace Scott Brooks, who did not have his contract renewed following the season.

Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard has indicated he would like to hire a coach before the start of free agency.

“Ideally, when you get into free agency, there’s an element that players would like to know who’s the coach, what’s their version, what are we about,” Sheppard told reporters. “So August 2 is out there in a distant place, but I don’t like to get sped up. I think patience is a competitive advantage.”

The Wizards are coming off a first-round playoff loss to the 76ers.

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