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Could Carlisle become Celtics head coach candidate after Mavs exit?

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One of the best head coaches in the NBA is now a free agent.

Rick Carlisle has stepped down as the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks after 13 seasons with the franchise. He was the third-longest tenured coach in the league and helped the Mavericks win their only title in team history during the 2010-11 season.

The Mavericks have become the seventh team with a head coaching vacancy, joining the Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers.

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What are the chances Carlisle could be a candidate for the Celtics?

He's someone the C's would be very smart to consider. Carlisle is highly respected as an elite head coach who consistently got the most out of his Mavericks teams. He also has ties to the Celtics from his playing career. Carlisle was a third-round draft pick of the Celtics in 1984 and spent three seasons with the team.

His head coaching resume extends back nearly 20 years. He has been a head coach in each of the last 19 seasons, beginning in 2001-02 with the Detroit Pistons. Carlisle's teams have reached the playoffs in 14 of those 19 campaigns.

There are a many candidates the Celtics could pursue. A couple popular names in recent rumors and speculation include Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, 76ers assistant Sam Cassell, former Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce and Duke women's basketball head coach Kara Lawson.