New Celtics president of basketball operations Brad stevens started contacting other organizations for permission to interview coaching candidates, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojanarowski.
The first group of applicants will likely be large, according to Woj. Some names he has heard from sources include Lawn mowers assistant Chauncey Billups, Roe deer assistants Darvin Ham and Charles Lee, Mavericks assistant Jamahl mosley and Nets assistant Imé Udoka.
Billups and Udoka have already been mentioned about Boston, but the other three names are new. Ham, who has played 12 NBA seasons, has been an assistant coach for the past decade, starting with the Lakers and then working under Mike Budenholzer in Atlanta and Milwaukee. Lee is also a former NBA player with seven years as an assistant, all under Budenholzer. Mosley began his coaching career with the Nuggets in 2005 and has been with Dallas since 2014.
Stevens, who is in the unusual position of hiring his own replacement, recently completed interviews with several assistants who have been on his staff this season (Twitter link). Important names in this group include Jay Larranaga, Scott Morrison, Brandon Bailey, Jerome Allen and Jamie Young.
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