It has likewise emerged that new Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens had strong interest in Howard last summer when Stevens abruptly stepped away from the Celtics’ bench to replace Danny Ainge as the head of Boston’s front office.
Brad Stevens hasn’t narrowed down a list of finalists for his replacement yet, but some fans have offered him some advice. A new billboard — paid for by Six Star Pro Nutrition — was placed near the Celtics’ practice facility and calls for Stevens, Boston’s new president of basketball operations, to hire a female coach, either Kara Lawson or Becky Hammon, after Stevens was promoted to replace Danny Ainge. “Hey Brad, it’s time to shake it up,” the billboard reads. “Hire Kara or Becky!”
“When you look at Brad Stevens, I think this is going to fit his role and his personality.” @LloydPierceLP & @SamMitchellNBA react to Danny Ainge’s retirement and Brad Stevens becoming the new president of basketball ops in Boston.
Are we back online? Great. So now that rookie assistant coach Evan Turner has ruled himself out of the job, we can look at several candidate pools. Stevens will begin with interviewing internal candidates from his staff first, team sources told The Athletic. The Celtics bench has a mix of experienced veteran assistants renowned for player development and more recent hires who worked their way up from the G League with their strategic acumen. The most obvious candidates are Jay Larranaga, who previously interviewed in Charlotte, and Jerome Allen, who played in the league and is especially tight with key players.
Chris Mannix: Nets assistant coach Ime Udoka is expected to be a candidate for the Celtics head coaching opening, sources familiar with the situation told @SInow.
Marc J. Spears: Expect Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen to be interviewed for the Boston opening, a source told The Undefeated. Here is more on Allen is @TheUndefeated. bit.ly/2RQWglR
Chris Haynes: Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd and former Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce are expected to be head-coaching candidates for the Boston Celtics, league sources tell @YahooSports.
January 26, 2023 | 8:02 pm EST Update
According to a Western Conference source, the Heat remains interested in acquiring Phoenix Suns and former Heat forward Jae Crowder, but the Suns have resisted the Heat’s trade concepts and other interested teams have a clearer pathway to a deal. Talks with Miami simply haven’t gained traction, according to the source. Duncan Robinson’s name was raised in trade discussions with Phoenix, but the Suns had no interest in taking on the final 3 1/2 seasons of his five-year, $90 million contract, the source said. Miami has not shown any inclination to offer Caleb Martin in a deal for Crowder.
Among other power rotation players who have been linked to the Heat in trade discussions: Atlanta’s John Collins, Utah’s Jared Vanderbilt and the Pelicans’ Willie Hernangomez. Meanwhile, even though the Heat is not aggressively trying to trade point guard Kyle Lowry, his name has been mentioned in trade speculation and a deal involving Lowry cannot be completely ruled out.
Gerald Bourguet: “I caught it from my baby boy. Sorry to throw you under the bus, junior.” Deandre Ayton said when he was trying to get back on the court and find his breath, he felt like he was in Denver. Was also dealing with headaches, but was thankful it wasn’t COVID or the flu:
A rare Air Jordan 1 that was originally released as an NYC exclusive in 2016 is reportedly receiving a formal release later this year. According to @zsneakerheadz and Sneaker Files, the black-and-red “Bred” Air Jordan 1 Satin is set to launch as a women’s exclusive. In-hand images of the 2023 pair have yet to surface, but it’s expected to feature an all-satin upper like the previous version.