Wizards Notes: Coaching Search, Workouts, Draft, Beal

Lakers assistant Phil Handy is among those who have interviewed for the Wizards’ coaching vacancy, according to Kyle Goon of the Orange County Register.Phil Handy

Handy, 49, is in his second stint as an assistant with the Lakers, having served in the role since 2019. He first was an assistant with the Lakers from 2011-13, then with the Cavs from 2013-18. He was an assistant with the Raptors during the 2018-19 season.

The Wizards and Pelicans are the lone two teams remaining with a coaching vacancy. Sources told Hoops Wire late last week that Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr. is the frontrunner for the Wizards job. Bucks assistant Charles Lee and 76ers assistant Sam Cassell have also been linked to the opening.

Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard is looking to replace Scott Brooks, whose contract was not renewed after the season. Brooks has since agreed to a deal to be the lead assistant with the Trail Blazers.

More from Washington

  • Florida guard and potential first-round pick Tre Mann was among six who were invited to take part in a predraft workout by the Wizards on Monday, as relayed by Albert Lee of SB Nation. The over five: Richmond guard Blake Francis, Tennessee forward Yves Pons, Stanford forward Oscar Da Silva, Coppin State guard/forward Koby Thomas and Russian forward Nikita Mikhailovskii.
  • The Wizards own the No. 15 overall pick. The Hoops Wire mock draft has them selecting UConn guard James Bouknight, though recent reports suggest he’ll be gone by then. You can check out the full mock here.
  • Wizards guard Bradley Beal has impressed Team USA coach Gregg Popovich early in training camp. “He stops on a dime, can pull up and shoot the shot. He can shoot the three; he can back cut and leave you in the dust,” Popovich told reporters. “His movement really informs his shooting, if you think about the space that he creates because of his stop, start, stop, start and ability to catch, go up and knock down the shot.”

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