Boston Celtics rumors 2013: Jay Larranaga will coach summer league team, is a candidate to replace Doc Rivers
Jay Larranga, an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics last season, will coach the Celtics summer league team in Orlando and is a candidate to replace Doc Rivers on the Boston bench, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The Boston Celtics will consider several younger and lower-profile candidates for the franchise’s coaching vacancy, including assistant coach Jay Larranaga, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Larranaga is the only Celtics assistant who will still be under contract when the Orlando Pro Summer League begins on July 6. The contracts of the remaining staff expire on June 30.
Some staff members are expected to join Rivers in Los Angeles, while a few are pursuing other opportunities, like Mike Longabardi, who recently accepted a position with the Phoenix Suns.
Rivers in interested in bringing Larranaga with him to Los Angeles, according to Wojnarowski. Larranaga, the son of Miami (Fla) men’s basketball coach Jim Larranaga, coached the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League before joining Rivers’ staff for the 2012-2013 season.
Celtics ownership is preparing for a rebuilding season and does not want to pay their next coach anything near the $7 million per season Rivers was making.
In related news, Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald reported that Jason Terry will assist Larranaga in coaching the Celtics summer league team. Terry expressed a desire to coach when his playing career ends.
From my perspective, I have to get healthy,” said Terry, who had minor knee surgery earlier this month. “I’m thinking about my future, too, and I want to be a coach. I learned a lot from Doc last year. Next season I’m still going to be under Danny (Ainge), and it will be an opportunity for me to learn his side of the business. This is still a great organization to be part of.”
Terry, who is under contract with the Celtics for two more seasons, disappointed in his first season in Boston. Danny Ainge will likely try to move Terry and his mid-level contract (roughly $5 million per season) this summer, but there might not be any buyers for the 35-year old guard who had his worst year since his rookie season in 1999-2000.