Nets assistant Ime Udoka has 'finalized an agreement' to be Celtics head coach: report

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Nets assistant Ime Udoka
Nets assistant Ime Udoka

Nets assistant Ime Udoka has "finalized an agreement" to become the Celtics next head coach, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Udoka was in his first year as an assistant with Brooklyn after spending seven years with the Spurs and one season with the 76ers.

Udoka takes over for Brad Stevens, who transitioned to president of basketball operations after Danny Ainge stepped down. He has interviewed for head coach positions in the past, including the Pistons’ vacancy in 2018.

Given his time with Team USA, Udoka already had support within the Celtics locker room, as players like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown gave their good words on him.

Woj added that Stevens “believed to value Udoka’s extensive experience,” which includes playoff runs with the Spurs, Sixers and Nets.

This is the first head coach position that has been filled this offseason.