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Report: Boston Celtics to hire Ime Udoka as next head coach

After a three-week process, the Boston Celtics head coach search is reportedly over.

According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Ime Udoka is finalizing an agreement to become the next lead man for the Celtics.

Udoka, who spent this past season as an assistant under Steve Nash with the Brooklyn Nets, has been an NBA assistant since the 2012-13 season, where he began under Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs.

After seven seasons with the Spurs, Udoka moved on to Philadelphia, where he worked with Brett Brown and the 76ers during the 2019-20 season before moving on to join the Nets this past season.

A seven-year NBA veteran, Udoka has been viewed as one of the bright up-and-coming coaches for some years now. Soon to be 44, the Portland native succeeds another young coach in Brad Stevens, who has since moved on to become the franchise's president of basketball operations.

According to Wojnarowski, Stevens was impressed with Udoka's extensive coaching pedigree during the interview process.

Udoka, who has served as an assistant under Popovich with the United States Senior Men's National Team, has already developed a relationship with Celtics All-Stars Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown as well as Marcus Smart, as each played for Team USA in the 2019 World Cup.

During his time with the Sixers, Udoka worked with Al Horford, who was recently re-acquired by Boston in the deal that sent Kemba Walker to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

After Udoka's reported hiring, there are currently six head coaching vacancies in the NBA, with the Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers and Washington Wizards all in search of new leadership on the sidelines.

Stick with NBA.com for more updates surrounding the situation in Boston as well as around the league.

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