Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has revealed on Twitter that the Boston Celtics will hire Ime Udoka as their new head coach, replacing Brad Steven.
He tweeted: “The Boston Celtics are finalizing an agreement to hire Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka as the franchise’s new coach, sources tell ESPN.”
Udoka was among the three candidates known to have a second interview with Boston. The two other candidates were Los Angeles Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups and Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham.
The 43-year-old Udoka played in the NBA for seven seasons. After his retirement in 2012, he was hired by the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich. He spent seven years in that position before moving to Philadelphia and worked under Brett Brown as an assistant for one year with the 76ers.
This year he spent as an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets before finally hired by the Celtics.