The Boston Celtics is finalizing an agreement to hire Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka as their new head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday. In addition to working as an assistant with the Nets last season, Udoka also previously served as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs (from 2012-2019) and the Philadelphia 76ers (2019-2020).
The Boston Celtics are finalizing an agreement to hire Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka as the franchise’s new coach, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2021
Per a source, Boston Celtics All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, as well as longest-tenured Celtic Marcus Smart gave Brad Stevens their stamp approval on the Ime Udoka hire. Source said: “Udoka is the guy their main guys wanted and Stevens got him before anyone else could.”
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 23, 2021