Brad Stevens, current head coach of the Boston Celtics will replace Danny Ainge as the president of basketball operations. Ainge is set to retire after 18 seasons in charge of the Celtics. He will help in the off-season to ensure a smooth transition. Stevens is said to be in charge of finding a replacement.
“Danny has made all the difference over the past 18 years – our record of winning percentage and playoff victories is near the top of the league during that time.” Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said. “He has always been a relentless competitor and a winner. Turning to Brad is a natural next step, since we have built a partnership over the past eight years, and he is a special basketball mind. We want him to lead us into the next great era of Celtics basketball.”
The Celtics were beaten by the Brooklyn Nets in five games in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics finished with a 36-36 record in the regular season with a number of key players getting injured during crucial times. The Celtics did not announce any other moves especially that of Mike Zarren, Ainge’s assistant at the time.
Ainge has overseen 15 playoff appearances, seven Eastern Conference finals, and two NBA Finals and won the championship in 2008. The 2008 Championship was their first in 22 years. Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens turned down a reported seven-year, $70m offer to return to his home state and coach the Indiana Hoosiers this spring. He is a legend in Indiana, where he led Butler to back-to-back NCAA championship games in 2010 and ’11.