No. 2: Charles Lee, Milwaukee Bucks
Out of all the coaches on this list, Charles Lee is the only one that has been linked with the Boston Celtics over the past few days. According to Yahoo Sports’ Jake Fischer, Lee is “on Boston’s radar” for potential additions to the new-look coaching staff. The former Patriot League Player of the Year spent time in Europe playing professionally including stops in Belgium and Germany before beginning his career in coaching with his alma mater, Bucknell University.
Under the guidance of Dave Paulsen, Lee assisted in the Bison’s second-round appearance in the NCAA tournament during his first season where the New York side won the Patriot League regular season and tournament titles. In fact, Lee was on the coaching staff at Bucknell during the same time when current C’s assistant DJ MacLeay going through his freshmen season.
Lee was recruited by Mike Budenholzer to join him in Atlanta and has worked under him ever since. With Budenholzer now out of a job, Lee is up for grabs as teams attempt to build the correct staff for the development of their players. The Washington, D.C. native worked with now Rockets’ assistant Sullivan for years before he moved to Boston. As a former NBA champion back in 2021 was considered a “serious candidate” for the Hawks job opening in the middle of last season before Quin Snyder ultimately got the nod.
Known for his work ethic and love of the game, Lee has experience as the second in command, and as someone who supported the growth of players like Grayson Allen and Khris Middleton. The 38-year-old is another slam dunk for Stevens if he is able to snatch him from the Bucks.