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Report: Unseld, Ham, Lee lead Wizards’ head coach finalists

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Wes Unseld Jr.

The Wizards' coaching search has been focused on Bucks assistants Charles Lee and Darvin Ham and Denver Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr. according to a report on Wednesday from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans are the only teams in the NBA without a head coach — though the Pelicans are reportedly moving toward hiring Willie Green away from the Phoenix Suns’ staff.

Unseld, son of the late Washington Bullets legend Wes Unseld, has been an NBA assistant coach since 2005, when he worked under Eddie Jordan on the Wizards’ staff. He was promoted to associate head coach of the Nuggets last offseason after five years as an assistant. Unseld also spent three years in Orlando and one with the Golden State Warriors.

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Ham and Lee are both assistants under Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer, who has Milwaukee in the NBA Finals for the first time since the 1973-74 season. Ham joined the Bucks three years ago after stops with the Atlanta Hawks (2013-18) and Los Angeles Lakers (2011-13). Lee has worked alongside him in both Atlanta (2013-18) and Milwaukee (2018-present), all under Budenholzer.

Washington is on the hunt for a head coach for the first time since the 2016 offseason after parting ways with Scott Brooks last month. In five years at the helm, Brooks led the Wizards to a 183-207 record in the regular season with three playoff appearances.