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NBA coaching tracker, latest updates: Wizards pick Wes Unseld Jr. as new coach; Pelicans hiring Willie Green

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The NBA Finals are well underway after what’s been several wild and unpredictable playoff rounds. As teams enter the offseason, coaches are getting the pink slip as franchises try to overhaul things before next season. As a result, seven different franchises had coaching vacancies to fill this summer, and now they’ve all been filled. 

In the latest coaching move, the Washington Wizards are finalizing a deal to make Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr. their new coach after parting ways with Scott Brooks after their season ended. Unseld has some experience with the Wizards, as he served as an assistant with the team from 2005 to 2011. Additionally, the New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly hiring Willie Green, who currently serves as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns. Green will replace head coach Stan Van Gundy, who lasted just a single season with the Pelicans. 

Elsewhere around the league, the Portland Trail Blazers let go of Terry Stotts, the second-winningest coach in franchise history, after his fourth first-round exit in five years. Taking his spot is Chauncey Billups, who will embark on his first head-coaching position. They gave the Los Angeles Clippers‘ assistant a five-year deal to take the reins. 

The Indiana Pacers let go of Nate Bjorkgren after just one season as head coach as the franchise looks for someone with more experience to lead this playoff-contending team. That someone is ex-Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who returns to Indiana on a reported four-year, $29 million deal. Carlisle, who led the club to a championship in 2011, stepped away from his post after 13 years in Dallas. Carlisle was head coach of Pacers from 2003-07 and made the playoffs three times, including a trip to the conference finals in 2004. On his way out of Dallas, Carlisle endorsed Jason Kidd as the next Mavs coach because “he and Luka [Doncic] have so many things in common as players.” Dallas took the advice and made Kidd its next hire.

The Boston Celtics shockingly made two massive moves as coach Brad Stevens will be transitioning to become the franchise’s new president, replacing longtime president Danny Ainge, who decided to step down. Stevens and the Celtics then decided to make Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka his replacement on the sideline. 

Below are all the coaching moves around the league.

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