Charles Lee Rumors
Heading into this offseason, several NBA sources said the expectation was that most of the head coach openings could be filled by African Americans. According to NBA sources, the list of African American assistant coaches who interviewed for jobs included the Los Angeles Lakers’ Jason Kidd and Phil Handy, the Dallas Mavericks’ Jamahl Mosley, the Denver Nuggets’ Wes Unseld Jr., the Golden State Warriors’ Mike Brown, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Sam Cassell, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Darvin Ham and Charles Lee, the Brooklyn Nets’ Udoka and Jacque Vaughn, the Clippers’ Billups, the New Orleans Pelicans’ Teresa Weatherspoon and the Timberwolves’ David Vanterpool. Sources said Dawn Staley, USA Basketball women’s head coach and University of South Carolina women’s head coach, was another African American considered for NBA openings, but she was focused on the Olympics.
Denver Nuggets associate head coach Wes Unseld Jr. has emerged as the leader to be the Washington Wizards’ new head coach, sources tell The Athletic. Other finalists for the job include two Milwaukee Bucks assistants, Darvin Ham and Charles Lee, sources say.
Marc Stein: Finals foes Willie Green (Phoenix) and Charles Lee (Milwaukee) remain prominent candidates in New Orleans’ coaching search after Jacque Vaughn withdrew from consideration, sources say. The Pelicans’ Fred Vinson also interviewed for the post. More soon: marcstein.Substack.com
Adrian Wojnarowski: Washington’s search process for a new coach has narrowed to several assistants, including Dallas’ Jamahl Mosley, Milwaukee’s Darvin Ham and Charles Lee and Denver’s Wes Unseld, Jr., sources tell ESPN. Those are among the candidates who will talk to Wizards again this week.
According to The Athletic’s Josh Robbins, the Magic also requested permission to interview Suns assistant Willie Green and Bucks assistant Charles Lee, and are expected to interview Denver Nuggets assistant coach Wes Unseld Jr. as well as three assistants on ex-coach Steve Clifford’s staff: Tyrone Corbin, Pat Delany and Steve Hetzel. Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, who was a finalist for the Blazers opening, has already interviewed with Orlando.
It has been a little less than two weeks since Van Gundy and the Pelicans agreed to “mutually part ways.” Since then, the Pelicans have talked to a handful of candidates, many of whom they were familiar with from their search last year, and are in the process of completing in-person interviews. At this stage, there are two candidates who are viewed as the strongest contenders to get the job, league sources said: Brooklyn Nets assistant Jacque Vaughn and Milwaukee Bucks assistant Charles Lee.