Celtics Offseason

Report: Celtics finalizing deal to hire Charles Lee as lead assistant coach

The highly respected assistant coach was reportedly a finalist for the Raptors' and Pistons' head coach positions.

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The Boston Celtics are making another impressive addition to head coach Joe Mazzulla's staff for the 2023-24 NBA season.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday morning that Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Charles Lee, who is highly regarded around the league, "is finalizing a deal to join the Boston Celtics as the lead assistant coach." Wojnarowski also noted that Lee was recently a finalist for the Toronto Raptors' and Detroit Pistons' head coach positions.

Lee spent four years as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks from 2014 to 2018. He was an assistant on the Milwaukee Bucks' staff under head coach Mike Budenholzer for the last five years, including the 2022-23 campaign as the associate head coach.

Not only is Lee a fantastic get for the Celtics, the fact that he is leaving one of Boston's top competitors in the Eastern Conference is another positive development for the franchise.

Earlier this month, it was reported the Celtics are hiring Sam Cassell to their coaching staff as an assistant. Cassell, who won a championship with the C's as a player in 2008, has been an assistant coach for more than a decade, most recently with the Philadelphia 76ers alongside Doc Rivers.

Lee and Cassell significantly strengthen a coaching staff that has seen lots of turnover during the last year. Three of the Celtics' assistant coaches from the 2022-23 season reportedly are expected to join Ime Udoka on the Houston Rockets' staff.

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