Celtics To Target Lower-Profile Coach Candidates

With Brian Shaw set to coach the Nuggets and the Grizzlies prepared to formally announce Dave Joerger as their new head coach, only two NBA teams, the 76ers and Celtics, are still without a coach. Like the Sixers, the Celtics intend to take their time making their decision, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, who tweets that Boston may not hire a new head coach until after Summer League play.

Current assistant Jay Larranaga will coach Boston's Summer League squad in Orlando, and he's expected to be one of the candidates for the team's head coaching opening, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. According to Wojnarowski, the Celtics will consider a handful of younger, lower-profile candidates for the position. The shift in focus doesn't come a huge surprise, since the team is expected to enter a rebuilding phase, and won't want to pay an elite coach's salary.

Besides Larranaga and Vinny Del Negro, we haven't heard many names surface as potential replacements for Doc Rivers on the Celtics' bench, though that figures to change in the coming weeks. According to Wojnarowski, Rivers has a "strong interest" in bringing Larranaga aboard as an assistant in Los Angeles, so if Larranaga doesn't earn the Celtics' head coaching job, it's unclear whether he'll remain on Boston's staff or land with the Clippers.

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