Celtics’ Danny Ainge retiring from role as president; head coach Brad Stevens to replace him

The team will now begin searching for a new head coach

BOSTON — Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge is retiring from his role in the organization.

According to the Celtics, Ainge will be retiring and head coach Brad Stevens will take over the role. The team will now begin searching for a new head coach.

“Helping guide this organization has been the thrill of a lifetime, and having worked side-by-side with him since he’s been here, I know we couldn’t be in better hands than with Brad guiding the team going forward,” said Ainge. “I’m grateful to ownership, all of my Celtics colleagues, and the best fans in basketball for being part of the journey.”

The Celtics’ playoffs dreams were crushed Tuesday night when the Nets took a 123-109 victory in Game 5.

Ainge has been with the Celtics since 2003, when he was hired as the Executive Director of Basketball Operations. In his 18 years guiding the team, Ainge’s teams made 15 playoff appearances, seven Eastern Conference Finals, two NBA Finals, and brought the team a championship in 2008, the franchise’s 17th and first in 22 years. Ainge was the first, and to this point, only general manager hired by the current Celtics ownership group, led by Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca. Since the 2007-08 season, the Celtics have won more playoff games than any team in the NBA.

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