Source: C's will consider Jay Larranaga as coach

Source: C's will consider Jay Larranaga as coach
June 25, 2013, 4:00 pm
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BOSTON — The Boston Celtics are in the market for a new head coach and will consider all options -- including the lone coach currently under contract, Jay Larranaga.

While he will get some consideration, a team source told that the C's are so early in the process that "you can't totally rule anyone out right now."

Larranaga, 38,  joined the Celtics' coaching staff last fall after spending the two previous seasons as head coach of the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.

He led the BayHawks to consecutive playoff appearances while amassing a regular season record of 60-40.

Larranaga, whose father, Jim Larranaga, is the head coach of the University of Miami men's basketball team, would be a relatively cheap replacement for Doc Rivers, who has since agreed to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

One of the many challenges Larranaga -- or any coach, for that matter -- will face in coaching the Celtics is the reality that this former title contender is now shifting towards being a team that will fight to be competitive on a nightly basis.

Larranaga's coaching skills will be on hand this summer when he coaches the C's summer league entry in Orlando, Fla. next month.

While it's unclear when the Celtics will have a new head coach in place, there's a long to-do list of things Boston has to come to grips that take precedence over the hiring of a new head coach.

Boston must still figure out what to do with Paul Pierce, whose $15.3 million contract becomes fully guaranteed unless the C's buy him out prior to July 1.

Kevin Garnett has a no-trade clause, but with Rivers gone and Pierce likely to be out as well, he may be looking to take up residence elsewhere as well.

Then there's Thursday's draft followed by free agency on Monday which collectively adds up to an action-packed summer for the Celtics.

Oh yeah, and they have to hire a new head coach, too.