According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, former Nets assistant Ime Udoka has emerged as a “strong frontrunner” to get the head Brooklyn job, and in fact, the two sides have already begun discussions to make it official. CBS Sports NBA insider Bill Reiter confirmed that the Nets plan to hire Udoka.
Udoka served as a Nets assistant in 2020-21 before being hired by Boston, which he took to the NBA Finals in his first campaign. The glory didn’t last long for Udoka, who in September was suspended for the 2022-23 season by the Celtics over an inappropriate relationship with a Celtics staff member.
The Brooklyn Nets plan to hire Ime Udoka as their new head coach, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Boston granted the Nets permission to speak to Udoka and will allow him to leave freely, sources said. https://t.co/lFeHY8hUiS
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 1, 2022
Suspended Celtics coach Ime Udoka has emerged as the likely next Brooklyn Nets head coach and his hiring could be finalized as soon as the next 24-to-48 hours, sources tell ESPN. Celtics will let him leave for another job.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 1, 2022