Boston Celtics assistant head coach Jerome Allen appears to be bowing out of the race to become the next head coach of the Celtics, with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that Allen will accept a position with the Detroit Pistons as an assistant coach.
Allen had been among several internal candidates interviewing for the position left vacant by now-team president Brad Stevens on his elevation to that role at the end of the 2020-21 NBA season, and also interviewed with the Pistons last week. Whether Allen had knowledge of his chances in Boston, or if he simply decided to go with the safe move, it’s looking like his time as a Celtic is over for the present.
A much-loved member of the team’s coaching staff, Allen will be missed in the organization.
Detroit is finalizing deals to hire three new assistants to Dwane Casey’s staff: Boston’s Jerome Allen, ex-Indiana assistant Bill Bayno and Sacramento’s Rex Kalamian, sources tell ESPN. Kalamian, Bayno worked for Casey in Toronto. Allen interviewed for Celtics HC job last week.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2021
Given that there will likely be significant turnover in the coaching staff on the hire of whoever the organization settles on however, Allen’s choice makes sense from the perspective of securing a position in the league.
The former Penn head coach had also interviewed with the Portland Trail Blazers for their vacant head coaching position.
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