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Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr. to interview for Cavs head coaching job

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Unseld Jr. is a top assistant on Michael Malone’s staff.

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According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs have been granted permission to interview Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr. Denver is currently tied 1-1 in its playoff series against the Trail Blazers, so it’s unclear when an interview would take place.

Unseld Jr., 43, is the son of Hall of Famer Wes Unseld. Prior to joining Michael Malone’s staff, Unseld Jr. was an assistant for the Magic, Warriors and Wizards. He also worked as a scout and assistant coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics after playing college basketball at John Hopkins University.

With Unseld Jr. joining the pool of coaches the Cavs are considering, it continues to appear as if they have a type. Like other known candidates such as Portland’s David Vanterpool, ex-Memphis head coach J.B. Bickerstaff and Utah’s Alex Jensen, Cleveland’s search appears to be targeting younger coaches who have at least some experience developing young talent. There is no public timetable set by the Cavs to hire a new head coach to replace Larry Drew.