In just one day, the Celtics made a lot of front-office changes. With the departure of Danny Ainge, coach Brad Stevens has replaced him and is becoming the lead decision-maker in the front office. He will also be directing the course of the search for a new head coach. This article will outline each of the reported candidates as well as some dark horses I think could win the job.
As Chris B Hayes outlines in this tweet, the Celtics will be considering both Jason Kidd and Lloyd Pierce as their new head coach.
Kidd has bounced around the league as a head coach, making stops in Brooklyn and Milwaukee. He is currently a Lakers assistant coach, but that could change if he wants to become a head coach again. Kidd has a solid record going 183-190 in 5 seasons as a head coach. However, it should not go without mentioning that he was able to have 3 playoff appearances as a coach, and one trip to the second round. Kidd would be a questionable hire considering the fact that he has less experience than most other candidates, but he would be a great hire for this Celtics team lead by superstar Jayson Tatum, and not because they share a name.
Pierce has bounced around the league in both player development and as an assistant coach, helping out the Cavaliers, Warriors, Grizzlies, and 76ers, before getting hired by the Hawks in the 2018-2019 season. However, in his 2 and a half seasons as the Hawks head coach, Pierce has done nothing with the team. He only won 63 games, before getting fired earlier this year. Pierce may be considered the ideal candidate if the Celtics look to get younger. If they try and contend, Stevens should want to look elsewhere for the hire, as Pierce has yet to have a winning season.
I have also heard many other names tossed around, Including former Celtic Kevin Garnett. Garnett has no coaching experience and considering that the Celtics would like to contend soon, this seems likens gutsy hire. However, if the Celtics look to retool, then Garnett may not be a bad option.
However, with all these possible candidates, the big thing I have heard from Celtics fans is that they would like to get a former player who can help them contend. This seems to be the formula the Nets used by hiring Steve Nash, and that brought them success.