Following the departure of head coach Steven Nash, the Brooklyn Nets will likely hire suspended Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka.
According to ESPN, Udoka has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Nash following a 2-5 start to the regular season. The Celtics granted Brooklyn permission to speak to Udoka and the team is planning to hire him.
Udoka served as an assistant coach under Nash in Brooklyn for the 2020-2021 season.
The Celtics suspended Udoka for the entire 2022-2023 NBA season for reportedly having a consensual relationship with a female member of the Celtics organization.
“We learned over the summer, some part of the summer, that there was a situation,” Celtics majority owner Wyc Grousbeck told reporters. “Called in the law firm at that point, and the investigation had some twists and turns and took some time to develop all the facts. It finally concluded, for now, everything we know was wrapped up two days ago.”
Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla was named interim head coach by the Celtics, who have started 4-2.