By Mike Grimm

The Wizards have promoted top assistant Brian Keefe to interim head coach for the rest of the season, replacing Wes Unseld Jr.

The Wizards are planning a full-scale open coaching search in the offseason.

Keefe joined the Wizards’ staff this season after stops with the Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks. During his time under two different coaching staffs with the Thunder, he worked with Wizards president Michael Winger and GM Will Dawkins in OKC. Keefe was a part of the 2012 Thunder coaching staff that advanced to the NBA Finals.

The Wizards plan to keep Unseld Jr. in a front office role. Winger and Unseld had discussed the coaching change in recent days, and the organization wants to keep Unseld Jr. — son of Wizards Hall of Famer Wes Unseld Sr. — in a long-term capacity with the franchise.

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