Washington Wizard General Manager Wes Unseld is taking a leave of absence to deal with health issues.
Unseld, 57, will leave the team after the NBA draft on June 26 for an undetermined amount of time.
“It’s time for me to take a break,” Unseld said in a statement released by the team. “I’ve been putting some things off for several years now that I need to address, but it was important to me to leave on my own terms and in my own timeframe. I’ve been coming to work here for 36 years, and I’m ready for a change.”
The statement said Unseld would have no further comment.
Unseld’s authority within the franchise diminished when Michael Jordan took charge of player and coaching matters in 2000, but his decision to take a leave appears unrelated to the current uncertainty over the Wizards’ future.
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