Boston Celtics Ink Important Contract Extensions With Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations
The Boston Celtics announced Wednesday they have extended the contracts of their head coach, Brad Stevens, and president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge. Terms of the contracts have not yet been released, but a statement by Celtics’ co-owner Wyc Grousbeck was:
“Danny and Brad represent exactly what the Boston Celtics stand for: excellence on and off the court. With their long-term deals in place, we are continuing to build towards competing for Banner 18. Our ownership group thanks them for their hard work and their re-commitment to the Celtics.”
The team’s record has improved each of the last two seasons under Stevens, who became coach in 2013. This is his first job at the NBA level after leaving Butler. As part of the Celtics’ team statement, Stevens said:
“My family and I were thrilled to have been approached with this contract extension. We sincerely appreciate the empowering leadership of our ownership and front office, the opportunity to work alongside such a talented staff, the support of our tremendous fans and of course the commitment and hard work of the players wearing this jersey. It’s an honor to be a member of the Boston Celtics and we’ll continue striving for growth in pursuit of Banner 18.”
Stevens is among the most promising young coaches in all of professional sports and Ainge acknowledged as much to Celtics.com saying:
“I’ve seen a lot. I’ve learned a lot and I’m still learning from our bright young coaching staff. I look forward to this next chapter of Boston Celtics’ history.”
Ainge, a former Celtics’ player himself during the team’s glory years of the 80’s, has held his current front office position for 13 years. He assembled the 2008 NBA Champions by making deals to acquire Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
Talented and Young
The future of the Celtics appears promising with Ainge acquiring the talent and Stevens developing it. Boston finished 2nd place in the Atlantic Division last season with a 48-34 record and with a team where nearly every key contributor was age 27 or younger.
Ainge has acquired an abundance of assets to improve the team going forward. In addition to all the talented youth on the current roster, the Celtics have 3 first round picks in the upcoming draft. They also have the 3rd overall selection and own 5 of the top 35 picks.
The ascending projections for the franchise are also appealing to free agents. Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant will be a free agent this summer and has been rumored to be considering a move to Boston.
With the stability of Ainge and Stevens secure, and more talent on the way, one of the NBA’s proudest franchises could see a return to glory in the very near future.
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