The Celtics are taking steps to look outside the organization for their next head coach.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday that Boston president and former coach Brad Stevens has started receiving permission from a number of NBA teams to interview assistant coaches to fill the vacant position.
Wojnarowski reported that Chauncey Billups of the Clippers, Jamahi Mosley of the Mavericks, Ime Udoka of the Nets and Darvin Ham and Charless Lee of the Bucks were among the assistants sought for interviews.
ESPN sources: Celtics president Brad Stevens has started getting permission to speak to head coach candidates, including 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 had previously interviewed some of his former assistants, naming Jay Larranaga, Jerome Allen, Scott Morrison and Joe Mazzulla.
Stevens was promoted to president of the Celtics on June 2 after Danny Ainge resigned. Stevens was Boston’s head coach for the past eight seasons and has the fourth most wins in franchise history with 318.
Stevens and the Celtics have been linked with several other big names for the vacancy. A previous report from Yahoo! Chris Haynes from sports said Lakers assistant Jason Kidd and former Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce are also expected to be candidates. Duke’s women’s basketball head coach Kara Lawson has been flagged as a “prime candidate” for the job.