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Wes Unseld Jr., Darvin Ham front-runners for Washington Wizards coach, sources say

Denver Nuggets assistant coach Wes Unseld Jr. and Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham are the front-runners within the Washington Wizards’ teaching search, sources informed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Bucks assistant Charles Lee additionally has emerged as a finalist for the job, sources mentioned.

Unseld, who has served as a Nuggets assistant since 2015, was an assistant coach for the Wizards from 2005 to 2011. He was thought-about a high contender to educate the Orlando Magic, although they employed Jamahl Mosley from the Dallas Mavericks earlier this week, and was a runner-up for the Chicago Bulls job final offseason.

Ham is taken into account one of many high head-coaching candidates amongst league assistants and has interviewed for a number of head-coaching jobs previously two years, together with the Boston Celtics’ opening final month. He has most not too long ago been on Mike Budenholzer’s workers with the Bucks and Atlanta Hawks after breaking into the NBA teaching ranks as a Los Angeles Lakers assistant in 2011. Ham spent eight seasons within the NBA as a participant with six groups.

A former skilled basketball participant abroad, Lee has served as an NBA assistant below Budenholzer with the Hawks and Bucks since 2014.

The Wizards determined to not deliver again Scott Brooks final month, with normal supervisor Tommy Sheppard saying the workforce is on the lookout for a “nice communicator” in its subsequent coach.

“The areas we’re going to search for which are imaginative and prescient checks [and] key efficiency indicators transferring ahead,” Sheppard mentioned in June. “I definitely suppose you bought to take a protracted, exhausting have a look at the defensive finish, you bought to look and see, efficiency-wise, can we be higher off offensively, defensively.”

The following Wizards coach will even have to assist navigate the way forward for star Bradley Beal, who’s coming into the ultimate 12 months of his contract subsequent season.

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