The Celtics are taking the steps to look outside the organization for their next head coach.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that Boston president and former coach Brad Stevens has begun receiving permission from a number of NBA teams to interview assistant coaches to fill the vacancy.
Wojnarowski reported that the Clippers’ Chauncey Billups, the Mavericks’ Jamahi Mosley, the Nets’ Ime Udoka and the Bucks’ Darvin Ham and Charless Lee are among the assistants being sought for interviews.
ESPN Sources: Celtics president Brad Stevens has started to get permission to speak to head coaching candidates, including with assistants Chauncey Billups (Clippers), Darvin Ham and Charles Lee (Bucks), Jamahl Mosley (Mavericks) and Ime Udoka (Nets).
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 9, 2021
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Wojnarowski also reported that Stevens has already interviewed some of his former assistants, naming Jay Larranaga, Jerome Allen, Scott Morrison and Joe Mazzulla.
Stevens was promoted to Celtics president on June 2 after Danny Ainge stepped down. Stevens had been Boston’s head coach for the past eight seasons and racked up the fourth-most wins in franchise history with 318.
Stevens and the Celtics have been linked to several other big names for the vacancy. An earlier report from Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes said that Lakers assistant Jason Kidd and former Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce are also expected to be candidates. Duke women’s basketball head coach Kara Lawson has been reported as a “prime candidate” for the job.