After shedding to the Brooklyn Nets within the first spherical of the playoffs, the Boston Celtics had an enormous shakeup, and are searching for a brand new coach.

Brad Stevens, who took over for the Celtics in 2013, is formally transferring into the entrance workplace for the franchise. Danny Ainge, who gained the league’s Government of the 12 months in 2008, is stepping away from his function and retiring.

Take into account that there are many different potential suitors that will grow to be out there for this function.

However till then, as Stevens begins the massive activity of discovering his successor, listed here are a few of the prime choices talked about to this point:

There isn’t any one which Stevens is extra conversant in than Jay Larranaga, who’s at the moment the lead assistant for the Celtics.

Larranaga was additionally interviewed as a candidate to switch Doc Rivers earlier than the group employed Stevens in 2013. He was in consideration as a head coach within the school ranks at Georgia Tech and George Mason however handed on each alternatives to stay with Boston.

Simply final yr, Stevens stated it was “solely a matter of time” till Larranaga was an NBA head coach. If the crew opts to maintain it in-house, his is the highest identify to know.

After serving to win a title as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers final season, Jason Kidd is reportedly in consideration to return to the pinnacle teaching fraternity as soon as extra.

Kidd, who has beforehand served as head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets, lately instructed The Undefeated’s Marc Spears he would “like to have one other alternative” as a head coach within the NBA.

Whereas it’s unclear if he has executed sufficient with the Lakers to earn such a nod as soon as extra, particularly with such a prestigious vacation spot, it’s uncommon to listen to of any emptiness with out his candidacy talked about.

NBA champion Chauncey Billups is without doubt one of the most fascinating choices as a possible substitute for Brad Stevens.

He’s at the moment on the sidelines for the primary time, as an assistant underneath Ty Lue for the LA Clippers, however he’s talked about as one of the vital compelling candidates for entrance workplace and head teaching vacancies across the league.

Again in 2017, Billups hosted Celtics’ Marcus Sensible for some exercises, and Sensible had overwhelmingly constructive takeaways from their expertise collectively (by way of Boston.com):

“It was great. Me and Chauncey are related in a number of methods. We’re larger guards who wish to impose our will, who love contact. So with the ability to study from a man who is aware of what it takes to play on this league a really very long time and win a championship, to study and form of choose his mind was good.”

However the connections go lengthy past Sensible, as Billups truly started his skilled profession with the Celtics, who chosen him with the third choose within the 1997 NBA draft.

Whereas his tenure with the Atlanta Hawks ended earlier than their playoff run this season, Lloyd Pierce nonetheless has a stable future as a head coach within the NBA.

A number of months in the past, shortly after his time with the Hawks concluded, Stevens stated that he was a “huge fan” of Pierce and that he discovered one thing from him at any time when he watched Atlanta.

One notably fascinating observe is that final yr, Boston star wing Jaylen Brown particularly wished to associate with Pierce to assist get extra individuals registered to vote in his house state of Atlanta.

Although Pierce could also be seen as extra of a developmental coach than a successful franchise like Boston might search, the respect Stevens and Brown have for him makes him price an interview.

Somebody sure to get an enormous push as a possible substitute for Stevens is Philadelphia 76ers assistant Sam Cassell.

The three-time NBA champion gained one among his titles whereas taking part in for the Celtics in 2008 and has since served on numerous teaching staffs within the NBA. His successful mentality made him a beautiful possibility for the opening with the Houston Rockets earlier than they finally went with Stephen Silas.

Cassell is extremely well-respected across the league and has lengthy been seen as one of many subsequent to take the transition from participant to move coach. He already has the entire expertise one might need for somebody hiring for this place.

After spending the higher a part of the 2010s studying from Gregg Popovich, there are a lot of across the league who consider Ime Udoka is destined for an important profession as a head coach.

Udoka has expertise teaching towards the Celtics, serving as an assistant for the Philadelphia 76ers after which for the Brooklyn Nets over the previous couple of seasons.

Although he doesn’t have as many ties to Boston as a few of the different names talked about, Udoka has earned severe consideration for any of the vacancies in head teaching circles.