Another very familiar name has surfaced in the early stages of the Celtics head-coaching search.
As Boston begins the process of finding a replacement on the bench for Brad Stevens, who was promoted to the front office immediately after the Celtics postseason ended at the hands of the Nets, Brooklyn may actually offer up a top candidate.
According to a report from ESPN, the Celtics are among a handful of NBA teams with head coaching openings looking to speak with veteran Nets assistant coach Mike D’Antoni.
The report notes that Brooklyn, which currently has a 1-0 series lead in its second-round playoff matchup with the Bucks, will not be allowing D’Antoni to interview for jobs until after the team concludes its postseason run.
The 70-year-old D’Antoni has been an NBA coach since the late 1990s, including as a head coach with the Nuggets, Suns, Knicks, Lakers and Rockets. He’s known for his high-scoring offensive attacks, which might be interesting given Boston’s young All-Star talents in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Other top candidates rumored or reported to be of interest to the Celtics include Lakers assistant Jason Kidd, 76ers assistant Sam Cassell, Nets assistant Ime Udoka, Duke women’s coach Kara Lawson, Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, former Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce and Michigan coach Juwan Howard, among numerous others including current Celtics assistants Jay Larranaga and Jerome Allen.