Chrismckradio 3:16 pm
Breaking news to Chrismckradio, Boston Celtics team president Danny Ainge decides to retire, head coach Brad Stevens will be promoted to become the new team president of basketball operations.
According to sources, the Celtics will begin searching for a new head coach.
The decision by Ainge comes a day after his Celtics got eliminated by the Brooklyn Nets 4-1 in the opening round of the playoffs.
Stevens, 44, reportedly was worn down from coaching the team from the past 8 seasons. He is elated to be taking the new job as team president, according to sources.
"I'm passionate about this group of people, I'm passionate about the team we have, I'm passionate about the people that work in our front office, I'm passionate about our coaching staff," says new team president Stevens.
Ainge was the team president who assembled their last NBA championship with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers back in 2008 for the title. He was the third longest tenured executive in the NBA right behind Miami Heat's Pat Riley (1995), and San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich (1996).
Ainge sent out a statement today after he announced his retirement.
" Helping guide this organization has been the thrill of a lifetime, and having worked side-by-side with Stevens, I know we couldn't be in better hands than with Brad guiding the team going forward."
During this past season, the Celtics has regressed. Prior to this season, the Celtics made it to the Eastern Conference Finals three out of the four past years. This season they finished as the 7th seed in the conference. They were also plagued by many injuries and COVID-19. Their highest paid player Kemba Walker missed 29 games this season, and he has two years, and $73 million left on his contract. Its not guaranteed Walker will resign with Boston, according to sources.
Ainge is also a former NBA player who played for the Celtics from 1981-1986. He won 2 NBA titles with the team during his tenure.