The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly decided to elevate assistant coach Jacques Vaughn to head coach from interim status after moving on from Steve Nash in that role per The Athletic’s Shams Charania and staff. “The Nets changed course from their initial plan to hire suspended Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka due to several factors,” writes Charania, citing multiple sources “with direct knowledge” of the decision-making of the team’s front office.
“These factors include an investigation and due diligence process by the Nets into the suspended coach taking longer than initially expected,” adds the Athletic reporter. Charania also cites “the outcry after word of their plan became known to people outside and inside the organization”.
He also cites the “short- and long-term question marks around the team’s ability to contend in the Eastern Conference as a result of the indefinite suspension of Irving.”
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Should the Celtics and Udoka decide to part ways over the summer through some kind of mutual agreement, nothing would prevent Brooklyn (or any team) from hiring Udoka then.
Doing so might see less of a cloud hanging over the move if the former Nets assistant can find a way to show contrition that might resonate among those cited by Charania as being opposed to such a move within and outside of the team, presuming any additional details percolating up do not further complicate the situation.
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