Jay Larranaga has emerged as a strong candidate to be the next Charlotte Hornets head coach.

Mitch Kupchak fired Steve Clifford last month after five seasons as Hornets coach.

Larranaga is the top assistant to Brad Stevens. 

Larranaga had a long playing career in Europe before going into coaching in 2008. He worked in the NBA’s Developmental League, coaching the Erie Bay Hawks, before being hired by the Celtics in 2012.