Wes Unseld Jr. Joining Bulls As Top Assistant

Former Wizards head coach Wes Unseld Jr. has agreed to join the Bulls as Billy Donovan‘s top assistant, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports (Twitter link). Unseld went 77-130 in two-and-a-half seasons as head coach of Washington.

Before earning the top spot in Washington, Unseld was a longtime assistant on various NBA coaching staffs. He began his coaching career as an assistant with the Wizards from 2005-11 before joining the Warriors for a season and then being part of the Magic’s staff from 2012-15.

Unseld was hired as an assistant in Denver in 2015 and spent the next six seasons with the Nuggets, earning a promotion to associate head coach during that time. Unseld helped the Nuggets improve and was instrumental in allowing Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. to develop and flourish.

Unseld was named Washington’s head coach in 2021, giving him the chance to coach the franchise his Hall of Fame father played for and bringing his own career full circle. The Wizards went 35-47 in both of his first two seasons, missing the playoffs both years. This year, he went 7-36 before being replaced by Brian Keefe.

Unseld wasn’t technically fired this season. Instead, he was reassigned to an advisory role in the front office. As we relayed in January, Wizards executive Michael Winger made sure to applaud Unseld for the strides several players made in their development during his tenure. Now, he’s departing the organization to resume his coaching career.

As K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports (Twitter link), Bulls PR officially announced the move. According to Johnson, the Bulls had been seeking someone with head coaching experience to work under Donovan, and Unseld was a candidate for Chicago’s head coaching job in 2020 before Donovan became available.

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