Celtics showing interest in Landy Fields and Allison Feaster for team's general manager position
Brad Stevens is the new Head of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics. He replaces Danny Ainge who served in the role for the pat 18 years. While the Celtics appeared to retain the rest of Ainge's staff when he decided to step down, the team has been on the search for another new voice in the front office.
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, former NBA player Landy Fields and former WNBA player Allison Feaster are the two names atop the list to be the Celtics new general manager. While GM's used to be the ones calling the shots back in the day, people in that role came up with fancier titles they wanted to be called. Nowadays GM's are more or less what used to be your assistant GM. So Fields or Feastser would be Brad's right hand man/woman.
The rumors linking Hawks assistant general manager Landry Fields have not quieted either, sources said. Amid ongoing questions about the future structure of Boston's basketball operations, Fields very much remains a top choice of Stevens and Celtics ownership to join Boston as the team's general manager, sources told B/R.
At just 33, Fields is widely considered a rising front-office name in the industry, known as a former pro capable of winning favor with today's players while also boasting the credentials and polish that come from a full four years at Stanford. Fields rose quickly through the San Antonio Spurs' vaunted scouting department that has already produced Sam Presti and Sean Marks, among others.
Atlanta could simply block the Celtics' pursuit by elevating Fields to the same post underneath Hawks president Travis Schlenk, who currently holds the title of general manager. In that scenario, it's believed Boston's vice president of player development and former WNBA veteran Allison Feaster would be the leading candidate to be named general manager under Stevens. The 45-year-old was the only Celtics figure aside from ownership and Stevens who partook in Ime Udoka's final interview, sources said. “It seems like she's getting some serious traction,” said one assistant general manager.
So sounds like Feaster is currently acting in somewhat of an interim general manager role for Stevens and the Celtics. I'll have to admit I was under the impression that Mike Zarren was 2nd in command for the Celtics, so I wonder what his role will be longterm. He's listed as the team's "Assistant GM and Team Counsel."
As Fischer writes, the Hawks could block the Celtics from hiring Fields. Typically team's will let a front office member go if it's considered a promotion, but not for a lateral move. The Celtics could always offer some sort of compensation if they want Fields badly enough.
While Stevens gets to make the final call on everything (Well not counting ownership), your 2nd in command still has an intregal role. It's not like at midnight when free agency begins, Stevens can be on the phone with every team all at once.
Hopefully front office shake-up will lead to Celtics catching up to rest of NBA in drafting International talent https://t.co/XoBUYbvNIM
I was hoping that the Celtics would add someone to their front office. One glaring weakness for the Celtics has been their ineptitude at drafting international talent. Not sure if either of these two candidates address that issue, but there's nothing stopping the Celtics from hiring an additional person or international guru..
I can't really provide you with more info on either Fields or Feaster than you could simply google yourself. I think if the job went to Feaster she would become the first female GM in league history. Either candidate would bring some diversity to a very white front office. We'll keep you posted with any more news on the Celtics GM search.