Report: Wizards plan to hire Wes Unseld, Jr. as next head coach


The Washington Wizards plan to hire Wes Unseld Jr. as their next head coach, Darren Haynes of WUSA9 reports.

According to Haynes, the Wizards plan to make the announcement official either later Friday or on Monday.

Washington has undergone a month-long coaching search since parting ways with Scott Brooks, coming off a 34-38 season in which the Wizards made the playoffs as the eighth seed, their first playoff appearance in three years, but were eliminated by Philadelphia in the first round in five games.

The Denver Nuggets went 47-25 in the regular season and advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals, where they were swept by the Phoenix Suns.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Wizards are offering Unseld their head coaching job, and though contract talks won't begin until Saturday, those negotiations are expected to result in his hiring.

As of Wednesday, Unseld was among Bucks assistant coaches Darvin Ham and Charles Lee as the reported finalists to land the job. The Bucks are in the NBA Finals where they are currently split with the Suns at two games apiece.

Unseld has served as an assistant coach in the NBA since 2005, with coaching stops in Washington (2005-11), Golden State (2011-12), Orlando (2012-15) and Denver (2015-present). He is a Towson, Md. native and played college basketball at Johns Hopkins University.

Unseld is the son of late Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld Sr., a legendary player for the Bullets as well as a former coach, GM and front office executive for the Bullets/Wizards. Unseld Sr. died at age 74 in June 2020.