Boston, MA (Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics named former Butler bench
boss Brad Stevens as the club's 17th head coach in franchise history on
Per team policy, terms of the pact were not disclosed.
The 36-year-old Stevens spent the last six seasons as the head coach at Butler
University, where he led the Bulldogs to back-to-back National Championship
games (2010, 2011) while winning at least 22 games in every season during his
"Brad and I share a lot of the same values," said Celtics president of
basketball operations Danny Ainge. "Though he is young, I see Brad as a great
leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic. His teams
always play hard and execute on both ends of the court. Brad is a coach who
has already enjoyed lots of success, and I look forward to working with him
towards Banner 18."
Stevens takes over on the Boston bench for Doc Rivers, who had served as
Boston's head coach since 2004 and guided the storied franchise to the 2008
NBA title before being shipped to the Los Angeles Clippers for an unprotected
2015 first-round draft pick prior to last Thursday's NBA Draft.
Rivers wasn't the only Celtics mainstay to depart this offseason, as forwards
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce along with guard Jason Terry are reportedly
headed to Brooklyn in a blockbuster deal that will leave Stevens with a number
of first-round draft picks over the coming years.
The rebuilding Celtics are expected to receive first-round picks in 2014, 2016
and 2018 from the Nets in addition to forwards Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries,
Reggie Evans and Tornike Shengelia. Boston will also receive swingman Keith
Bogans in a sign-and-trade scenario, as well as forward Kris Joseph, in the
proposed deal, which cannot become official until the NBA's moratorium on
player signings is lifted on July 10.
Stevens will be introduced to the media at 11 a.m.(ET) on Friday at the
Celtics Training Center at Healthpoint.
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