On Sunday evening, the Boston Celtics made the decision to send head coach Doc Rivers to the west coast in exchange for a first round draft pick in 2015. With the move, the Celtics are on the open market for a new head coach, but it’s clear that Boston may be targeting a replacement who is ready to work with the team’s rebuilding operations.
At this point, the Celtics will be focused on their decision-making and team personnel with the NBA Draft and free agency looming. According to a report from Yahoo! Sports‘ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics are likely targeting a youthful list of candidates and among them will be current Boston assistant coach, Jay Larranaga.
So, what this means is don’t expect Boston to hire a big name and at this point, they might not even be hiring a head coach for a while. According to the Yahoo! Sports report, Larranaga will coach the team’s summer league team in Orlando so Danny Ainge can get a better view of him in some live action. Basically, it could turn into a tryout, so given that general thought-process, it’s obvious that the Celtics are in no rush whatsoever to replace Rivers.
It makes sense too, simply considering the team must focus on rebuilding its roster and making key decisions in the draft and free agency. Not to mention, Boston will have to choose what to do with both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the coming week(s).
The Celtics’ interesting summer is only just beginning, keep that in mind, Boston fans.
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