February 20, 2024
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The Washington Wizards on Thursday eliminated Wes Unseld Jr. as its head coach and introduced he could be transitioning to a entrance workplace advisory function.

The transfer got here hours after the Wizards picked up their thirty sixth lack of the season – a 118-107 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Washington dropped to 7-36 general.

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“After a number of considerate conversations with Wes, we decided collectively {that a} change was wanted for the advantage of the staff,” Monumental Basketball President Michael Winger mentioned in an announcement. “Wes embodies the traits we worth in our group, and his huge basketball expertise will probably be an asset to the entrance workplace as we progress towards our long-term objectives.

Washington Wizards head coach Wes Unseld Jr. calls a play towards the Atlanta Hawks within the second half at State Farm Area in Atlanta on Jan. 13, 2024. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports activities)

“We’re grateful that he’ll proceed his contributions to our group and group.”

Unseld was an assistant coach with the Wizards from 2005 to 2011 earlier than sitting on the bench for the Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets. He took over as Wizards head coach earlier than the beginning of the 2021-22 season, however the staff by no means received greater than 36 video games.

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Washington Wizards guard Jordan Poole, #13, seems to be to shoot previous Minnesota Timberwolves ahead Jaden McDaniels, proper, through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, in Washington, D.C. (AP Picture/Mark Schiefelbein)

“I’m grateful to have served as head coach of the Washington Wizards,” Unseld mentioned. “I look ahead to this new alternative to work towards our group’s continued progress.”

Washington has solely made the playoffs as soon as within the final six seasons – that was below Scott Brooks through the coach’s last yr with the staff. Since then, the staff’s roster has undergone as huge shakeup, as gamers like Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis, Rui Hachimura and Spencer Dinwiddie have come and gone.

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Washington Wizards head coach Wes Unseld Jr. coaches towards the New York Knicks through the third quarter at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis on Jan. 18, 2024. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports activities)

The staff mentioned it could title an interim coach later and have a “complete search” for a brand new coach within the offseason.

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