Celtics to hire Nets assistant Ime Udoka as new head coach

By , WEEI 93.7

The Celtics have their next head coach. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston is finalizing an agreement to hire Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka.

Udoka, 43, played parts of seven seasons in the NBA and was previously an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio for seven years from 2012-19. He then spent one year as an assistant coach with the 76ers before moving to the Nets this season.

According to Wojnarowski, Udoka "separated himself quickly" during Brad Stevens' coaching search and also had "significant support" from Celtics players Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, who all worked with him on the 2019 U.S. World Cup team, where Udoka was part of Popovich's staff.

Stevens began the coaching search three weeks ago when he moved from head coach to president of basketball operations, replacing Danny Ainge.

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