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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 28: Boston Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens directs his team against the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden. The Celtics defeat the Hornets 120-111. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Under new President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens, the Boston Celtics are immediately beginning their search for a new head coach. And the candidate rumors are already flying.

As first reported by Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd and former Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce are two top candidates to know for the Celtics’ head coach position. This was corroborated by 98.5 The Sports Hub’s own Tony Massarotti, who said last month that the Celtics were exploring possible changes in the front office.

Mazz added via Twitter that the Celtics will have a “relatively long list” of possible head coaches. According to SI’s Chris Mannix, the organization will first interview a number of internal candidates before eventually looking externally.

According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen will be among those interviewed. Mannix also mentioned Jay Larranaga and Scott Morrison as possibilities.

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Here’s a quick recap of the names being mentioned so far as possible head coach candidates for the Celtics:

— Jerome Allen
— Jay Larranaga
— Scott Morrison
— Jason Kidd
— Lloyd Pierce

And that should only be the beginning of the search.

“I’m grateful to ownership and to Danny for trusting me with this opportunity,” Stevens said in a press release Wednesday. “I’m excited to tackle this new role, starting with a wide ranging and comprehensive search for our next head coach. I love the Celtics, and know the great honor and responsibility that comes with this job.

“I will give it everything I have to help us be in position to consistently compete for championships.”

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