Sources: Celts hiring Kara Lawson as assistant

The Boston Celtics are hiring former WNBA and Olympic champion Kara Lawson as an assistant coach, league sources tell ESPN.

Lawson, an ESPN analyst, also has been a television analyst for the Washington Wizards for the past three seasons and has contemplated several coaching opportunities in recent years before landing with Boston.

Lawson joins a growing group of women’s coaches on NBA benches this season, including San Antonio’s Becky Hammon, Dallas’ Jenny Boucek and Cleveland’s Lindsay Gottlieb.

Lawson had talked to several NBA teams about on-court coaching roles in recent years, but the chance to work with coach Brad Stevens and with the Celtics organization convinced her and her agent, CAA’s Bret Just, to accept an offer on Thursday, league sources said.

Lawson is well-regarded for a playing career that included three trips to the Final Four under legendary coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee, and 12 seasons as a point guard in the WNBA.

Lawson, 38, has been coaching USA Basketball’s 3-on-3 teams that are participating in FIBA competitions and preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

She was a member of the U.S. Olympic team that won a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Games.

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