Boston Celtics concluding coaching agreement with Brooklyn Nets’ Ime Udoka

The Boston Celtics are concluding an agreement with Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka to make him the franchise’s new coach, sources told ESPN.

Udoka will supplant Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens, who stepped down as coach recently to supplant Danny Ainge running the franchise’s basketball operations.

Udoka, 43, isolated himself rapidly in the search process, sources said, and his bid was supported with solid suggestions from key Celtics stars – including Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart – who played for Udoka in Team USA in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Udoka was an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs for seven seasons under coach Gregg Popovich. He left San Antonio to join Brett Brown’s staff in Philadelphia two years prior and continued onward to Brooklyn under Steve Nash this season. He spent several years in pro basketball as a player, incorporating stops with the Lakers, Blazers, Kings, Knicks and Spurs.

Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham and LA Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups had different interviews with the Celtics. Both were viewed as top candidates all the while, sources said.


Bojan Bogdanovic consents to four-year manage Utah Jazz

Indiana Pacers small forward Bojan Bogdanovic achieved a four-year, $73 million deal with the Utah Jazz, league sources told ESPN and the Deseret News on Sunday.

Bogdanovic thrived with the Pacers after guard Victor Oladipo endured a season-finishing ruptured quad tendon in January. The forward averaged 23.1 points in February and 21.8 points per game in March as the Pacers’ essential scoring choice.

Indiana completed with a 48-34 record in the regular season and snatched the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Boston Celtics swept the Pacers in the first round.

Bogdanovic averaged 18.0 points, 4.1 bounce back and two assists per game in 81 regular-season challenges. He ranked 12th in the NBA with a career-best 42.5 percent rate from 3-point range this season.

The 30-year-old forward made his NBA debut in 2014, playing his first three seasons with the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets traded him to the Washington Wizards 2017, and he signed a two-year contract with the Pacers in the following off-season.

NBA free-agent contracts can’t be formally signed until July 6.


Trail Blazers vs Warriors: Curry and Green leave a mark on the world and put the Warriors in their fifth Finals in succession

The Golden State Warriors play their Finals fifth back to back NBA , something unheard of since the incredible Bill Russell Boston Celtics played up to 10 followed somewhere in the range of 1957 and 1966. The Californian group cleared the Portland Trail Blazerstras overwhelmed by 117-119 in the extension of the fourth game of the series setting the last 4-0 in the tie.

And for the third time at this junction, the students of Steve Kerr needed to return. The Blazers came to have a salary of 17 in the last stretch of the second from last quarter (95-78), however little should be possible to a Stephen Curry at this level. The Blazers came to have an income of 17 points in the final stretch of the third quarter (95-78), but little can be done to a Stephen Curry at this level. The base led his team with a triple-double of 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists returning to shine in the triple with 7 of 16 . For his part Draymond Green continues to exhibit a state of form spectacularly and contributed to the triumph with another triple-double: 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in addition to adding three steals and two blocks. It is the first time that two teammates achieve a triple-double in the same match.

Klay Thompson was not as successful as Curry or Green, but contributed 17 points, while Kevon Looney was instrumental in coming off the bench with a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds.

On the side of the Trail Blazers there was a proper name: Meyers Leonard. The pivot set the best game of his career with 30 points (5 of 8 triples) and 12 rebounds adding his contribution to Damian Lillard , author of 28 goals and 12 assists, and CJ McCollum , who went to 26 points and the seven basket passes. However, the appearance of this ‘Big Three’ improvised was not enough to stop the all-powerful Warriors, who did not even need Kevin Durant or DeMarcus Cousins , or even Andre Iguodala in the fourth game, to solve the series by the Fast Track.