The Boston Celtics came into their 2021 NBA offseason with a somewhat untested front office after moving on from longtime President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge in favor of front office novice Brad Stevens. Key positions continued to be occupied by veteran executives like Mike Zarren and Austin Ainge, but comparative newcomers like Allison Feaster also had significant roles.
That didn’t stop the team from having a highly-regarded reshuffling of the roster, with Stevens and company swiftly and decisively reshaping the team into a much more flexible and deep roster. This kind of strong outcome is likely a significant part of why at least two of those names are frequent candidates in articles about who the next wave of NBA general managers might be.
One such piece, by Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, outlines how that duo of Zarren and Feaster are widely seen as potential candidates from the Celtics’ executive structure to become GMs, whether in another organization or with Boston under Stevens.
“Longtime Boston Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren and Miami Heat general manager Andy Elisburg will always be mentioned at the top of any list of candidates,” suggests Fischer. “If I have an opening, those two guys I’m calling first,” the B/R writer relates an anonymous NBA executive as having said. https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1433474825390108677?s=20
There had been some rumblings that the Celtics were considering expanding their front office on Stevens ascent to team president, but those whispers seem to have petered out in recent weeks as the next season draws nearer.
“There is far less certainty about Boston’s front-office nucleus under Brad Stevens, but the Celtics’ rumored search for a general manager appears to have slowed,” shares Fischer. “It now seems unlikely Boston will make an external hire this late in the offseason with less than a month before training camp.”
And with much of the team’s most important offseason work already (we think) complete, perhaps doubly so. https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1433369209875148800?s=20
That doesn’t mean an expansion for Boston’s executive group is out of the question permanently however, with Feaster still seen as a top option should the franchise go that route.
“Celtics vice president Allison Feaster continues to be mentioned as a candidate to be named Stevens’ general manager,” notes Fischer. “Feaster has a decade of on-court experience in the WNBA and overseas, and sources said she easily relates with players.”
“She was the only Celtics figure aside from Stevens and team governors to conduct Boston’s head coaching interviews.” https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1433338918376812544?s=20
Feaster would have some competition perhaps for that job with other names previously floated joined by a few new ones in the B/R writer’s reporting.
“[New Orleans] Pelicans assistant general manager Bryson Graham … [Brooklyn] Nets assistant general manager Jeff Peterson and [Atlanta] Hawks assistant general manager Landry Fields were the three names most linked with Boston’s GM vacancy under Stevens.”
Fischer writes “it appears unlikely Graham, Peterson or Fields joins Boston’s front office at this juncture,” however. https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1433187951278690310?s=20
It’s reassuring to see the Celtics currently in the hands of capable, in-demand individuals like Feaster and Zarren at such a critical moment in the team’s aspirations to ascend back to contender status. Whether the team adds to that core or sees one of them poached is perhaps a question for another day, but for now, the fruits of sound team management appear to be coming together quite nicely in the post-Danny Ainge era. This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [lawrence-related id=57623,57612,57577,57562] [listicle id=57605]
Source: Yahoo Sports