The Washington Wizards recently interviewed former Notre Dame and New York Knicks coach John MacLeod, according to a league source. The interview was described as informal and MacLeod, 61, is not believed to be on the Wizards' short list.
Former Detroit Pistons all-star Isiah Thomas remains the leading candidate although there have been no talks between Thomas and Washington during the past few days, a source said. Detroit Pistons assistant coach Gar Heard also is believed to be a front-runner for the job.
Heard said he hoped to speak further with Wizards General Manager Wes Unseld about the job at the NBA's pre-draft camp this week in Chicago. Unseld was unavailable to comment.
MacLeod, who recently stepped down as head coach at Notre Dame after eight seasons, has extensive NBA coaching experience.
He coached the New York Knicks for 67 regular season games in 1990-91, his last in the NBA. From 1987 to 1990, he coached the Dallas Mavericks. He was the Phoenix Suns head coach from 1973 to 1987.
Others who have interviewed for the Wizards job include Maurice Cheeks, Mike Jarvis, Buck Williams, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dave Cowens, Doc Rivers and Jim Brovelli, who coached Washington for 18 games on an interim basis after Bernie Bickerstaff was fired April 5.