Wes Unseld Jr Rumors
Orlando will consider his possible hiring during the All-Star break next week, or could possibly wait until season’s end and do an extended search. Nevertheless, the firing of three assistant coaches Thursday – Wes Unseld Jr., Brett Gunning and Zack Guthrie – as reported by the Orlando Sentinel, suggests a new head coach could come sooner than later.
New Warriors coach Mark Jackson and top assistant Mike Malone pretty much have their staff set. The new assistant coaches aren’t expected to be officially announced until August, but Bay Area News Group confirmed Pete Myers, Wes Unseld Jr. and Darren Erman have agreed in principle to join the Warriors. Myers, a teammate of Jackson in New York, was an assistant for nine seasons in Chicago before working as a scout last year. Unseld Jr., the son of former NBA star Wes Unseld, spent 14 years in the Washington organization, and Erman worked for Boston the past four years.
For the first time in many years, the Wizards/Bullets will not have someone named Wes Unseld working for the organization. Longtime assistant Wes Unseld Jr., son of the Bullets legend, is expected to leave the franchise to become an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, according to multiple sources. Unseld Jr., has been with the organization since he graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1997. He worked his way up from advance scout and later he joined former coach Eddie Jordan’s staff as an assistant. Ed Tapscott retained Unseld Jr. when Jordan was dismissed and Coach Flip Saunders also kept him when he took over in the summer of 2009.