Roster uncertainty isn’t the only thing the Celtics front office have to worry about this offseason. Multiple reports over the weekend indicate top assistant coach Ron Adams is being pursued by Steve Kerr to fill a spot on his coaching staff in Golden State. Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald fills us in on the details:
According to a league source, top assistant Ron Adams will interview for a place on Steve Kerr’s Golden State staff Tuesday, after the Celtics granted the Warriors permission to talk with the veteran right hand man.
It’s unclear if he would accept the job if offered, especially with the Celtics possibly on the verge of remaking their lineup this summer. But Adams is not adverse to moving on, and is doing his due diligence to investigate opportunities.
I wrote a column for CBSBoston.com: breaking down Adams thought process as he explores the opportunity
At age 66, Adams is heading toward the final few years of his coaching career. As a competitor, it’s natural for him to want to be in a place where he can coach for a championship. Golden State could be that spot for him with their talented roster featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut and company. If the Celtics are resigned to a young mismatched roster with no serious playoff hopes yet again next season, you can’t fault Adams for wanting to jump ship.
The good news for Ainge is that he probably has the ability to sway Adams to stay put with his off-season maneuvering. In fact, it might make the Celtics a bit more likely to make a big deal now with their treasure chest of assets if they want to have a better shot at retaining Adams. If Ainge can pair up Love or another All-Star with Rondo and put together a roster that could make some noise in the Eastern Conference for the next couple seasons, my guess is Adams would want to stay put in Boston rather than start over with a new team for third straight season.
Adams will likely take a couple weeks to make his decision on his future and by that point, Boston’s direction this offseason should become more apparent. Will Ainge have done enough by then to convince one of the NBA’s top assistant to stay? Stay tuned.
You can check out the full piece at CBSBoston.com.