Report: Celtics extend both Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge
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Report: Celtics extend both Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge

The Boston Celtics have seamlessly transitioned from the Doc Rivers era with the Big Three to the new regime under head coach Brad Stevens. The constant has been president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge.

This season, the Celtics finished with their highest win total since 2011 despite suffering a number of injuries. They finished fifth in the Eastern Conference, and thanks to some timely moves in the years prior, they will still have the third overall pick in this year’s draft as well as a few other picks. They’re winning and rebuilding at the same time.

As a result, the Celtics officially announced today that they have extended both Stevens and Ainge, with the terms of the contracts undisclosed.

Brad Stevens

Kathy Willens-Associated Press

From the official release:

“A major job of ownership is to find the right people to run the basketball side,” Grousbeck said. “We believe we have found them in Danny and Brad.”

“Once you find your people,” he continued, “you need to support them in their efforts and create a work environment that enables them and the team to succeed. If all of that is in place, the topic of extending contracts becomes an easy one, because everybody wants to keep moving forward together.”

Both men are incredibly excited for what the future holds.

From Ainge:

“We know our strengths and weaknesses, and as a team we work well together,” said Ainge. “Wyc, (managing partner) Irv (Grousbeck), Steve, (team president) Rich (Gotham), Brad and I have a common goal, and we have a trust that is hard to achieve in such a public and pressure-packed business.”

From Stevens:

“My family and I were thrilled to have been approached with this contract extension,” said Stevens. “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.”

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