Source: Celtics Made ’No Guarantees’ to Ime Udoka About His Future


Last season marked the Boston coach’s first season as head coach.The Celtics officially suspended coach Ime Udoka for the 2022–23 season for “violations of team policies.” This comes just a day after it was reported that the coach had an “improper intimate and consensual relationship” with a female member of the team’s staff.According to a source via Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, the Celtics did not guarantee Udoka a job once his suspension ends for the following 2023–24 season.“A decision about [Udoka’s] future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date,” the Celtics’ statement read.With Udoka’s suspension, Celtics assistant Joe Mazzulla is reportedly expected take over as interim coach. Mazzulla has never held a head-coaching job in the NBA, though he did coach Boston’s Summer League team.The 2021–22 season marked Udoka’s first season as Celtics coach. He led the team to a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference during the regular season, and eventually to the team’s first NBA Finals appearance in 12 years.More NBA Coverage:Report: Celtics’ Udoka Won’t Resign Despite Impending SanctionsPaul Pierce Reacts to Ime Udoka Suspension ReportsClippers President Gives Update on Kawhi Leonard’s RecoveryInside The Celtics: Ime Udoka Likely Facing a Season-Long Suspension For more Boston Celtics coverage, go to Inside The Celtics.