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Celtics Extend Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens

Before the NBA offseason gets underway in earnest, the Celtics have given new contracts to two key members of their organization, announcing today in a press release that general manager Danny Ainge and head coach Brad Stevens have signed extensions. Terms of those new deals have not yet been disclosed.Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports

“A major job of ownership is to find the right people to run the basketball side,” Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said in a statement. “We believe we have found them in Danny and Brad. Once you find your people, 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.”

Stevens, who took over as the Celtics’ head coach in 2013, has a losing record overall, but the team has made tremendous strides under his watch. After winning just 25 games in 2013/14, Boston won 40 and 48 in Stevens’ next two seasons, earning playoff berths in both years. Stevens’ contract with the Celtics was a six-year pact and wasn’t set to expire until 2019, so the team has made a very early decision to extend it, signalling how pleased the franchise is with its coach.

“Brad has demonstrated the ability to get the very best out of his players,” Grousbeck said. “A number of guys have had career years playing for him: Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, for example. And our young players have been developing very nicely. [Stevens] is a natural leader and a very skilled, strategic coach who is the right man to coach the Celtics.”

As for Ainge, he has been the Celtics’ GM since 2003, so his latest extension doesn’t come as a surprise. As a result of Ainge’s maneuvering, Boston holds eight picks in this year’s draft – including the No. 3 overall selection from Brooklyn – and has an excess of picks lined up for future years as well.

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8 thoughts on “Celtics Extend Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens

  1. jacobsigel1025

    Low key best general manager and head coach duo in the NBA

    • I think a certain general manager and head coach duo in San Antonio would like a word.

  2. Arthur Hill

    Ainge has managed to follow the Sam Hinkie strategy of stockpiling draft picks and young players without throwing away three seasons to do it. He has earned his extension.

    • victor gonzales

      @ ARTHUR ainge owes billy king some of that extension money .. the only difference is hinkie did not have any ones pocket to pick and aging superstars someone was willing to way over pay for…

      • Circus Fresh

        And Hinkie owes Buss for the Lakers/Buss for not taking Okafor. So your point? That other GMs are not as good. I think that is the point DA getting extended and Billy King being unemployed.

  3. BlueBlood1217

    Great move to extend both of them. Bright days ahead for The Celtics

  4. hill
    daren hill

    Nothing to add.

    Solid decisions for a franchise on the rise.

  5. Don’t forget ainge can thank the nets for being idiots!

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