Celtics reportedly seeking permission to speak with a former top assistant coach

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The Celtics may be looking towards a familiar face to stabilize their coaching staff in the aftermath of Ime Udoka’s one-season suspension.

Boston is seeking permission to talk to Clippers assistant Jay Larranaga about rejoining its staff, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Larranaga spent nine seasons with the Celtics from 2012-21 and was Brad Stevens' top assistant for years. Stevens joined the front office as president of basketball operations in June 2021. Shortly thereafter, Larranaga left the organization.

The Celtics suspended Ime Udoka for one season last week for multiple violations of team policy. Udoka reportedly carried on an improper romantic relationship with a female staffer.

Boston named Joe Mazzulla its interim coach Friday. The former West Virginia point guard primary worked as a head coach in Division II before joining the Celtics as an assistant in 2019. Stevens spoke in glowing terms about the 34-year-old Friday.

The Celtics were already down one critical piece on their staff, as Udoka’s top assistant, Will Hardy, took the Jazz’ head coaching job this offseason.

Adding Larranaga would bring another experienced coach to the bench. That couldn’t hurt.

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