The Boston Celtics are searching for a new head coach after Brad Stevens was elevated to president of basketball operations. It appears one potential candidate has already been ruled out.
According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, the Celtics have "three or four" strong head-coaching candidates. However, former Dallas Mavericks bench boss Rick Carlisle is not one of them.
Per league source: Celtics have "three or four" strong coaching candidates, but Rick Carlisle isn't considered one of them.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) June 18, 2021
Carlisle resigned as head coach of the Mavericks on Thursday after 13 seasons with the franchise. The 61-year-old had been the third-longest-tenured head coach in the NBA behind San Antonio's Gregg Popovich and Miami's Erik Spoelstra.
In his 13 seasons with the Mavericks, Carlisle went 555-478 and 33-38 in the postseason. Dallas has not advanced past the first round since their title run 10 years ago.
Although Carlisle isn't being considered for the Celtics vacant position, he'll likely be a top suitor for several other clubs looking for a new bench boss.
Chauncey Billups, Darvin Ham, Charles Lee, Jamahl Mosley and Ime Udoka are reportedly among Boston's head coaching candidates.