Thursday, June 10, 2021

Celtics granted permission to interview Chauncey Billups, other NBA assistant coaches

Brad Stevens and the Celtics have been granted permission from teams around the league to interview several assistant coaches, as their search for a new head coach continues.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, one of the those candidates includes Los Angeles assistant and former NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups.

After just a week on the job as the Celtics new president of basketball operations, Brad Stevens looks to expand his head coaching search externally after reportedly meeting with several of the team's current assistants such as Jerome Allen, Jay Larranaga, Scott Morrison and Joe Mazzulla over the past few days.

The Celtics have reached out to an "expansive" list of candidates that includes Billups, Milwaukee Bucks assistants Darvin Ham and Charles Lee, Dallas Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley, and Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka, per sources that told Wojnarowski.

Stevens, who was the Celtics head coach over the past eight seasons, transitioned into his new role after Danny Ainge retired last Wednesday from the front office immediately following the roster being eliminated by the Nets in five games of the first round of the playoffs.

Boston is expected to be one of the more appealing jobs out of the other coaching vacancies on the market this summer due to the young upcoming stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, along with the franchise's storied history. 

The Celtics, along with the Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers are the four teams with head coaching openings at the moment.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of CBS Sports

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