Stein: Celtics’ Brad Stevens ‘Sure to Interest’ Danny Ainge to Fill Jazz’s HC Opening | Bleacher Report

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According to NBA insider Marc Stein, Danny Ainge could be looking to reunite with Brad Stevens when the Utah Jazz begin their coaching search.

Stein described Stevens, who resigned as head coach of the Boston Celtics to become their president of basketball operations, as a candidate that Ainge “will definitely be interested in.” However, Stein added that the chances of Stevens leaving Boston this offseason are slim.

The Jazz are looking for a new coach after Quin Snyder resigned on Sunday.

Given his previous experience with Ainge and his success with the Celtics, Stevens would be an obvious target for Utah. The 45-year-old had a 354-282 record in eight seasons and has led Boston into the postseason in all but one of his tenures.

Especially given the Celtics’ run to the NBA Finals this year, it’s arguable that Stevens failed to get the best out of his teams, but he was also responsible for developing players like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart .

The Jazz is in a similar position to Boston when Stevens moved into the front office and hired Ime Udoka. Snyder has the second-best win percentage (.585) in franchise history, but there was no mistaking the fact that Utah has lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs in three of the last four years. Snyder might have taken the team as far as he could.

Not only does Stevens have a proven track record, but he would be a great fit for an organization in the midst of a rebuild when it comes.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Donovan Mitchell was “unnerved” and “unnerved” by Snyder’s resignation. The Jazz would face an uncertain future if Mitchell requested and was granted a trade.

Of course, Stevens’ availability could be a hindrance.

While distancing himself from the Los Angeles Lakers vacancy, he admitted in April that he “[has] I have no idea what my future holds.”

Spending a year off the touchline might have been enough for Stevens to recover and get the coaching itch back. But it seems unlikely he’d be ready to leave the Celtics’ front office just yet,

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