According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Boston Celtics will consider a younger, new, cheaper coach when filling their head coaching position this offseason. Among those candidates will be current Celtics’ assistant coach Jay Larranaga.
A younger, cheaper coach is more desirable in today’s NBA when you are a team that is going through changes. The Celtics don’t know what their roster is going to look like next season and don’t know what kind of money they’ll have to play with. A fresh face on the bench isn’t going to hurt this team in the least bit.
Jay Larranaga is going to be coaching the Celtics’ summer league team in July so that will likely be a test run for Ainge and the Celtics brass with him. Because of their familiarity with him, he’s likely the front-runner for the position right now.
Jay Larranaga is the son of Jim Larranaga–the coach of the University of Miami. He’s 38 years old and has been a coach in the NBADL with the Erie Bayhawks. Larranaga led the Bayhawks to a team record in wins during his stint with them.
He also spent time coaching the Irish National basketball team, including a stint as a player-coach. Larranaga has plenty of coaching experience and is familiar with the Boston Celtics’ organization. He would be a very good place to start in the search for a new head coach.