League sources told ESPN, USA Today Sports and the New York Times that Boston is finalizing an agreement with Udoka to make him the team's new coach. According to the outlets, a formal announcement could come as soon as Wednesday.
The 43-year-old Udoka spent seven years as an assistant under Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs and one season as an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers before arriving in Brooklyn prior to this season.
Udoka quickly separated himself in Boston's search process, according to ESPN, due in part to strong recommendations from Celtics stars Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, all of whom played for Udoka on Team USA during the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham and Los Angeles Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups each had multiple interviews with the Celtics organization. According to reports, both were considered top candidates in the process.