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Danny Ainge had long targeted Brad Stevens

About a week before the Celtics announced the stunning hire of 36-year-old Brad Stevens as their new head coach, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge interviewed assistant coach Jay Larranaga for the position.

It was clear before the interview, though, that Larranaga, who had just completed his first season with the Celtics, was being seriously considered to become the team’s next head coach after Doc Rivers left after nine seasons to join the Los Angeles Clippers.

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