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Woj: Celtics seeking second interviews with Udoka, Billups, Ham

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There are more seats on the coaching carousel, but Brad Stevens has started to narrow down his list of potential candidates.

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According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Celtics are seeking second interviews with at prominent assistant coaches still alive in the playoffs, including the Milwaukee Bucks’ Darvin Ham, the Los Angeles Clippers Chauncey Billups, and the Brooklyn Nets’ Ime Udoka.

If new President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens wants to create a similar working relationship that he enjoyed with former boss Danny Ainge, he might cleared the slate today to do so. After trading Kemba Walker to Oklahoma City for Al Horford and Moses Brown earlier today, Stevens has created some financial flexibility in the short and long term. In some regard, he’s shaped the roster to something he’s familiar with, but by the end of next season, the Celtics could potentially have cap space to do something serious in free agency and a new head coach could be a big voice in the room when that happens.

Wojnarowski stresses that this is not exactly the complete list and that other less prominent candidates are also being considered.

From Bet Online this morning, here are the latest betting odds on the Celtics next head coach:

  • Chauncey Billups 5/2
  • Sam Cassell 5/2
  • Ime Udoka 15/2
  • Rick Carlisle 15/2
  • Jason Kidd 10/1
  • Becky Hammon 12/1
  • Charles Lee 12/1
  • Jamahl Mosley 12/1
  • Kara Lawson 12/1
  • Jay Larranaga 14/1
  • Joe Mazzulla 14/1
  • Mike D’Antoni 14/1
  • Lloyd Pierce 16/1
  • Nate NcMillan 16/1
  • Darvin Ham 18/1
  • David Vanterpool 20/1
  • Scott Morrison 20/1
  • Kenny Atkinson 22/1
  • Alvin Gentry 33/1
  • Chris Holtmann 33/1
  • Jeff Van Gundy 33/1
  • Jerome Allen 33/1
  • Jarron Collins 50/1
  • Coach K 66/1
  • Tony Bennett 66/1
  • Larry Bird 100/1
  • Rick Pitino 100/1