Kevin McHale is out of work — but not for long.
The Rockets fired McHale on Wednesday, but the sense around the league is he will have another job sooner rather than later. He was a great fit before doing television at NBA TV and other networks and could be back as an analyst as soon as he wants the gig.
But if he intends to stay on the basketball side of operations, Boston’s Danny Ainge has already offered McHale a front office job, Ainge told Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
“I’ve always tried to get Kevin to come work with me and work with my big guys,” said Celtic president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Herald….
“I told Kevin that today,” said Ainge, who is on the road scouting college games. “We’ve got a spot for him. I know we could figure something out for him in some capacity, but I think he’s just in a wait and see mode.
“He appreciated me reaching out to him, but I think he’s just going to lay low. He’s probably got bigger and better things to do — or more relaxing things to do.
“He’ll have some opportunities in TV, and maybe when the dust settles I can get him out to teach the slippery eel to Kelly [Olynyk] and Sully [Jared Sullinger] and Amir [Johnson],” Ainge added with a laugh, referring to one of his old Celtic teammate’s inside moves.
McHale should work with some of the young centers in Boston and around the league — his footwork as a big man was as good as you will ever see. That said, everyone expects him to slide into a television role, relax for a little while, and then pick his spot if he returns to an NBA team in some capacity.