The Washington Wizards on Thursday removed Wes Unseld Jr. as its head coach and announced he would be transitioning to a front office advisory role.
The move came hours after the Wizards picked up their 36th loss of the season – a 118-107 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Washington dropped to 7-36 overall.
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“After several thoughtful conversations with Wes, we determined together that a change was needed for the benefit of the team,” Monumental Basketball President Michael Winger said in a statement. “Wes embodies the characteristics we value in our organization, and his vast basketball experience will be an asset to the front office as we progress toward our long-term goals.
“We are thankful that he will continue his contributions to our organization and community.”
Unseld was an assistant coach with the Wizards from 2005 to 2011 before sitting on the bench for the Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets. He took over as Wizards head coach before the start of the 2021-22 season, but the team never won more than 36 games.
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“I am grateful to have served as head coach of the Washington Wizards,” Unseld said. “I look forward to this new opportunity to work toward our organization’s continued progress.”
Washington has only made the playoffs once in the last six seasons – that was under Scott Brooks during the coach’s final year with the team. Since then, the team’s roster has undergone as massive shakeup, as players like Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis, Rui Hachimura and Spencer Dinwiddie have come and gone.
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The team said it would name an interim coach later and have a “comprehensive search” for a new coach in the offseason.
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