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Red Claws coach Darren Erman leaving Celtics to join Knicks staff

Darren Erman is coming off a successful season in Maine, where he guided the Red Claws to a 28-14 record.
Darren Erman is coming off a successful season in Maine, where he guided the Red Claws to a 28-14 record.Tyler Kaufman/FR170517 AP via AP

Darren Erman came to Boston in 2005 to be the skills trainer for Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine. Over the next two years, Erman ended up helping train players such as Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen in late-night workouts at the Celtics’ practice facility, even though he was not employed by the team.

Most often, Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau was at these late sessions, too. Erman eventually was hired by the Celtics, and his bond with Thibodeau strengthened. Now, the two will be reunited.

A league source confirmed Tuesday that Erman, the head coach of the Celtics’ G League affiliate the Maine Red Claws, will become an assistant coach on Thibodeau’s staff with the Knicks.

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Before joining the Red Claws, Erman was associate head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.

There is great uncertainty surrounding the G League and whether it will even exist as the NBA braces for cratering revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so Erman’s move will bring him some stability.

Last season, Erman guided the Red Claws to a 28-14 record and helped develop two-way contract players Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters. Fall was selected to the G League’s All-Defensive team and Waters was named Rookie of the Year.


Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.