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BOSTON - MAY 24: A detail of the Boston Celtics logo is seen on the court against the Orlando Magic in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 24, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Celtics vacant head coaching job may be viewed as the best available this offseason, but it may not be the only spot on the bench the team needs to fill. According to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, the Detroit Pistons have offered Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen “a similar position” to the one he has in Boston.

Allen has been with the Celtics as an assistant since 2015, following a stint as the head coach at his alma mater Penn. Before that he played professionally for 14 years, including three in the NBA with the Timberwolves, Nuggets, and Pacers. The 48-year-old has reportedly developed a close relationship with Celtics’ star Jayson Tatum, and is expected to interview for Boston’s head coaching job.

So why would Allen leave for a similar job to his current one if he has a chance at a promotion? The Celtics have been linked to a number of candidates, and filling Stevens’ old seat is hardly a guarantee. If a new head coach chooses to bring in a new staff, Allen would find himself needed to look for a job anyway.

Who is Allen competing with for the Celtics’ head coaching job? Here’s some names to know as the search continues…

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