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Brad Stevens interviews J.B. Bickerstaff for assistant job

Celtics, Brad Stevens, J.B. Bickerstaff

The Boston Celtics saw their 2018-19 season come to an unfortunate end, as they were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Despite that fact, Celtics playcaller Brad Stevens is still looking for ways to bolster his coaching staff. In fact, Stevens held an interview with former Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff on Wednesday night.

According to a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post, Stevens is interested in hiring Bickerstaff as an assistant. And with former Celtics assistant Micah Shrewsberry heading to Purdue for a new venture, there is an opening in Boston’s coaching ranks.

J.B. Bickerstaff, now 40 years of age, has heard his name tossed about for several head coaching vacancies in recent weeks. He’s a well-qualified candidate, which is why he’s appealing to so many teams. A few of the teams that were interested in his services have since hired a new coach, including the Cleveland Cavaliers (John Beilein) and Los Angeles Lakers (Frank Vogel).

Bickerstaff was promoted to the Grizzlies’ interim head coach on Nov. 27, 2017, just after the firing of David Fizdale. In May 2018, Bickerstaff was named the permanent head coach of the team. However, after failing to reach the playoffs this season, he was subsequently fired.

Whether or not Brad Stevens and the Celtics will be able to land Bickerstaff as an assistant remains to be seen, but it certainly sounds like there is a high level of interest in the idea.