The Celtics coaching search is getting underway. Initial reports indicated the team would review internal candidates first looking around the rest of the league, and it now appears they’ve hit step two.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Celtics are reportedly expected to interview Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd. Kidd was one of the first names mentioned after Wednesday’s front office reshuffling in Boston. The 48-year-old former All-Star point guard has previously served as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.
“The Lakers front office has raved about assistant coach Jason Kidd, expressing how he’s been a phenomenal presence in the organization from his innovative ideas to his communication skills and his ability to rally the troops,” Haynes writes. “The Lakers believe Kidd should be a top candidate among all available NBA coaching gigs.”
Brad Stevens and the Celtics won’t be alone in vying for Kidd’s services. Haynes report also indicates the Portland Trail Blazers view Kidd as the “top target” to replace current coach Terry Stotts, who is expected expected to be ‘relived of his duties’ after the team’s fourth first-round playoff exit in the last five years.
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