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C's Hire Asst. Coach Tom Thibodeau

Bulpett reports:

The Celtics will be hiring Tom Thibodeau as their new assistant coach, according to league sources.

The Salem State product has most recently been an assistant with Houston. It was announced he would join the staff in Washington, but after two days working with the Wizards this summer, he balked on the agreement when it came time to sign the deal.

Interestingly, Thibodeau’s contract with the Celtics is for just one season — a term he reportedly sought.

Thibodeau was on the Celtic radar when Tony Brown left the club on a contract issue after this season. Depending on which side you believe, Thibodeau either turned down a Boston offer or one was not made. The point was moot when he took the Washington job under Eddie Jordan, but his representative tried to rekindle things with the Celts when the D.C. situation dissolved.

It took a while to get things going again, mainly because Doc Rivers had committed to speaking with other potential hires, but things ended up working here out for the New Britain, Conn., native.