Now that Austin Ainge has left the Maine Red Claws as head coach to return to the Celtics, a big vacancy has been left for the Celtics affiliate a few hours north.
But a familiar name, for good reasons and bad, may be in line to fill that vacancy soon.
Sources tell Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski that the Red Claws have reached out to former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl for the position.
Wojnarowski states that Pearl has "privately expressed a preference for his next move to be in television or as an NBA assistant coach, but hes open to hearing out Maines pitch, a source with knowledge of his thinking said".
Pearl has been a big name in the college basketball world, as he led the Vols to six straight NCAA tournaments.
He was dismissed as head coach of Tennessee on March 21, 2011 due to numerous violations, the newest of which was a non-NCAA related incident. ESPN.com's Andy Katz and Chris Low reported it "was a violation of the Tennessee athletic department substance abuse policy by UT senior forward Brian Williams".
Pearl was also under hot water for lying to investigators when asked is he held a cookout at his home that high school juniors attended, ESPN.com reported. He was charged with unethical conduct by the NCAA.
Pearl and Maine president and general manager Jon Jennings will talk about the job in the future, Wojnarowski reports.
On Wednesday, 👀aiah Thomas was up to his old tricks, sending out a cryptic tweet containing only the hourglass emoji.
This followed Thomas’ infamous Monday night tweet of the eyes emoji, the same tweet he had sent just prior to the Celtics signing Al Horford in free agency.
Like Monday’s tweet, the internet dug into what the hourglass could mean, with a leading theory pointing out that the logo on Paul George’s new sneakers resembles a sideways hour glass. Or Thomas could completely be messing with us.
Side-note, by the way: Basketball Twitter has it all over the other sports' Twitters. Football and baseball Twitter are generally lame because of years spent by the respective leagues with sharing video. Hockey Twitter is great but can be insufferable. Basketball Twitter rocks, though. The jokes are the best, the memes are the best, the people are the best. Plus Woj is there. Love that guy.
Anyway, the point is that, yes, reading into what emojis grown men are sending out is a waste of time, but we’re talking about Twitter, which essentially has three purposes: reporting, freaking out about Trump and wasting time.
Most people on Twitter are not reporters. Not all of them freak out about Trump. Wasting time is allowed by all, so really what’s the difference between tweeting emoji theories and sports fans giving you their takes on how teams to whom they have no connections will think? It’s all garbage. At least the emojis are cute.