One day after Ime Udoka was introduced as the new head coach of the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn’s lead assistant announced he’s remaining in Brooklyn.
Jacque Vaughn withdrew his name from head coaching openings due to family reasons, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Vaughn is citing family reasons, including the chance to spend time with his two teenage sons as a primary reason for returning to Brooklyn for next season, sources said. https://t.co/Y924bF5Eq1— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2021
The 46-year-old was eyed by the Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans and the Orlando Magic for their vacant head coaching jobs before taking his name out of the head coaching pool.
Of the three teams, the Pelicans had Vaughn highest on their list of candidates. Trajan Langdon — the current General Manager of the Pelicans — was the assistant General Manager of the Nets and the General Manager of the Long Island Nets — the Nets G League affiliate — before arriving in New Orleans.
Vaughn, who served as interim head coach after Kenny Atkinson was dumped, was retained by Brooklyn the last year and made one of the highest-paid assistant coaches in the league. He served as the lead assistant on Steve Nash’s coaching staff during this past season.
As the interim head coach, Vaughn went 7-3 — including a 5-3 the injury-5-3 record in the Orlando “bubble.” He has been on the Nets sidelines the entire five years Sean Marks has been GM.
Vaughn, former New Jersey Nets player, holds a combined head coaching record of 65-161 with the Nets and Magic. He also served as an assistant and pro scout with the San Antonio Spurs from 2010-12.
With that one opening on the Nets coaching staff created by Udoka’s departure, LaMarcus Alridge seems to have put his name out there. Aldridge, who played five games for Brooklyn before suddenly retiring due to an irregular heartbeat, responded to a fan on Twitter expressing interest in joining Nash’s coaching staff.
No word on whether the Nets are interested but Aldridge has said he’s been in touch with the coaching staff since he retired.
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