Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens, who leads the hiring process for his successor, is narrowing his list of candidates for the next phase of the process.
Udoka, Ham and Billups are among the prominent candidates remaining in the search, but not necessarily the full set of the Celtics’ remaining roster.
Udoka received good reviews from Celtics players who played for the U.S. national team in the 2019 World Cup tournament, sources said. Udoka was an assistant under national coach Gregg Popovich. Udoka joined Steve Nash’s side this year after a season with the Sixers and seven years under Popovich with the Spurs.
Ham is considered one of the top head coach candidates among the league’s assistants and has interviewed for several head coaching positions over the past two years. He was recently on Mike Budenholzer’s squad with the Bucks and Atlanta Hawks, and entered the NBA coaching ranks as an assistant to the Lakers in 2011. Ham spent eight seasons in the league. NBA as a player with six different teams.
During his first year as an assistant with the Clippers, Billups also recently interviewed the Portland Trail Blazers head coach position and sparked the interest of several other teams with openings including Washington, Orlando and New Orleans, sources told ESPN.
Billups is a top candidate in the search for the Blazers, sources said.
Billups has been an NBA All-Star five times in his 17 seasons as a player, including MVP of the 2004 NBA Finals with the Detroit Pistons.