According to Dei Lynam of CSN Philly, two NBA sources have confirmed that the Sixers will interview Boston Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga.
Larranaga just wrapped up coaching Boston’s summer league team after his first season as an assistant at the NBA level. Prior to that, he spent two years as head coach of the NBA D-League’s Erie BayHawks.
General manager Sam Hinkie will likely be intrigued by Larranaga for numerous reasons.
First of all, he is young. Despite just turning 38 in January, he has head coaching experience with both the BayHawks and the Irish National Team. Also, Jay’s father, Jim, is currently the head coach at the University of Miami, meaning he has been around one of the better basketball pedigree’s his entire life.
Jay had a playing career that included playing for his father at Bowling Green State University. After graduation, he went on to play overseas for twelve years in Italy, France, Spain, and Greece. Jay also served as captain of the Irish National Team from 2001-2006.
Larranaga is the lone assistant remaining in Boston that was a part of former head coach Doc Rivers’ staff. When Rivers left for the Los Angeles Clippers, the rest of his staff followed. However, Jay’s contract ran beyond last season.
There remains no timetable for when Hinkie plans to put a new head coach in place, but Larranaga is just another candidate added to the list. After it seemed as though Brett Brown would be the eventual decision, it is now back to unclear. The Sixers will also interview Michael Curry, who served as associate head coach under Doug Collins for the last three seasons.