Evan Turner denies rumors of becoming the Celtics next head coach

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Evan Turner denies rumors of becoming the Celtics next head coach originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

With Danny Ainge retiring as the Celtics’ President of Basketball Operations and being replaced by Brad Stevens, it immediately led to speculation of who could be Stevens’ successor.

People on social media had an interesting take... former Celtics and Trail Blazers forward Evan Turner. 

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And while it's not certain where the rumors came from, Evan Turner took to Twitter to set the record straight.

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Celtics' Jayson Tatum had a tongue in cheek response to Turner's announcement. 

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Turner just completed his first season as an assistant coach with the team, after retiring from a 10-year career, three of which included the Blazers.

"Helping guide this organization has been the thrill of a lifetime, and having worked side-by-side with him since he's been here, I know we couldn't be in better hands than with Brad guiding the team going forward," said Ainge. "I'm grateful to ownership, all of my Celtics colleagues, and the best fans in basketball for being part of the journey."

The Celtics are looking for just their third coach in the last 20 seasons, and it should be a prime destination. With the trio of Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown entering their third year together, the team could be poised for a deeper playoff run than their first-round exit this year.

As reported by Yahoo Sports, and confirmed by NBCSNW, former Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce and current Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd are early candidates for the job.