Sixers adding longtime Celtics assistant Young to Rivers' staff


The Sixers plan to add a longtime Celtics coach to their staff.

The team intends to hire Jamie Young as an assistant coach, a source confirmed Wednesday night to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The Athletic's Derek Bodner and Jared Weiss first reported the news.

Young, who played basketball and football at Blackburn College, had spent his entire NBA career with the Celtics, serving as a video coordinator, advanced scout and assistant coach.

Doc Rivers promoted Young to a coaching position. When the current Sixers head coach headed to the Clippers, Young considered following him.

"Jamie was here long before me, and I kept him on my staff because of his incredible work ethic,” Rivers said in 2013, per The State Journal-Register. “He has a great basketball mind and more importantly, he is honest.”

Young and Jay Larranaga did not have their contracts with the Celtics renewed this offseason, they told The Boston Globe. Former Sixers assistant coach Ime Udoka was hired as Boston's new head coach in June. The Celtics have made several major changes of late, including Brad Stevens moving from head coach to president of basketball operations.

Popeye Jones joined the Nuggets after one year on Rivers' staff, taking a front-of-the-bench role. Dan Burke, Sam Cassell and Dave Joerger were the Sixers' top assistants for the 2020-21 campaign. The Sixers should have their coaching staff finalized ahead of training camp, which is set to start Sept. 28.


Assistant Brian Adams is in Las Vegas coaching the summer league Sixers, who blew out the Mavericks in their first game and have contests scheduled for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.