With respect to timing, it's possible that the Celtics' agreement with Udoka could slow the Nets' due diligence on him.
Especially given the level of secrecy that continues to prevail around the circumstances of Udoka's suspension, it seems likely that there is a significant non-disclosure element of the Celtics agreement with Udoka.
One could imagine a situation in which Udoka, the Celtics, or both, are contractually barred from disclosing to any third party even basic information around Udoka's suspension. That could frustrate the Nets' (or any other team's) attempt to do due diligence on him. Workarounds (even assuming all parties are sufficiently incentivized) could take more than 24 hours.
I think Was Not Wasdin made the scenario here clear above, but to lay it out:
- They've all signed NDAs, and the Celtics have to be careful not to disparage because that will be grist for a lawsuit that Udoka might actually win
- In this isolated instance, Ime and the Celtics both have an interest in the Celtics disclosing some information to the Nets in order to induce them to offer him a job
- Those are not the only stakeholders; the victims of Udoka's harassment are also a party here, and likely retained some rights to file complaints, assuming they were well-advised.
- So the steps for the Celtics are probably something like what WNW said: (1) identify what they want to share, strictly factual, not narrative. (2) get written OKs from both Ime and the victims that this can be shared. (3) show that and only that to Joe Tsai and his lawyer, in a conversation that's probably taped just so nobody can say something happened that didn't
- Then if details come out that weren't part of what was shared, it's obvious that Udoka shared them himself
perhaps that takes a little while to pull together, but if that (or a variation) is what's going on it doesn't take forever either. And that's about all the "due diligence" one could do on him, other than talking to players who were coached by him to get perspectives on his coaching skills. Nobody else but Celtics top brass has any information on what truly caused Udoka's suspension (plus the victims for their part of it), and it appears it's going to stay that way. I think Adam Silver has said that he was alerted to the situation but that the Cs were handling it internally, and he saw no reason to get involved, so I bet the league office has no idea either.