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As Brad Stevens and company narrow down their list of top candidates to interview for the vacant head coach position, pinpointing the type of candidate and coach you want to lead your franchise is crucial.

For these potential candidates to replace Stevens, three preferences have become clear in Boston’s search: hire a coach who can relate to players, has playing experience, and is a person of color.

Reported by Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, team personnel has stayed consistent that hiring a Black coach is a top priority for the Celtics.

For their list of potential candidates, the Celtics have already requested permission to interview Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups. The Celtics have also contacted Bucks assistants Darvin Ham and Charles Lee, Nets assistant Ime Udoka, and Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley.

Boston has already interviewed current assistant Jerome Allen.

Fischer also notes that Hawks interim head coach Nate McMillan could be a darkhorse candidate for the Celtics job but is expected to remain with the Hawks and have his interim title dropped after a successful stint this season.

This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook!