Ainge Out as Celtics President & GM, Stevens to move to front-office
The Boston Celtics, on the heels of a dramatic flame out in the first round of the NBA Playoffs to the Brooklyn Nets, will shuffle the deck in the front office as they head into the off-season.
Longtime President and GM Danny Ainge, a legend as a player and an architect of the 2008 title run, will step down effective immediately.
Current, soon to be former, Head Coach Brad Stevens will transition into an unnamed but full-time front office role, likely expected to be a GM type position.
The Celtics will be searching for another Head Coach after Stevens nine seasons on the job. This was his first NBA stint after years at Butler, in which he led the Bulldogs to multiple NCAA Tournament and Final Four appearances. Heralded as a basketball genius, he consistently led the Celtics to great regular seasons but couldn’t translate that to the playoffs.
Ainge has been Celtics President and GM since 2003. He was a Celtics player from 1981-1989. He was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2008 for the job he did in putting together the title winning side that featured Garnett, Pierce and Rondo along with Ray Allen and others.
This is a developing story….