Update: According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Danny Ainge is expected to resign as the Celtics’ president of basketball operations and Brad Stevens is expected to step into the role, while the C’s will hire a new head coach. The Celtics officially announced the transition later Wednesday morning.
Less than 12 hours after their season-ending 123-109 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night, the Celtics’ highly-anticipated offseason has gotten off to a dramatic start. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge “is seriously considering his future with the franchise and could make a decision to step down.”
Ainge has spent over 25 years with the Celtics. He was drafted by the team and played in Boston from 1981-1989. After stops in coaching and broadcasting elsewhere, he took his current job in 2003.
He oversaw the team’s lone title run in the last 30 years, acquiring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce. A few years later, he’d flip Garnett and Pierce to Brooklyn for a haul of draft picks in what has been considered one of the most lopsided trades in the history of the sport. Those picks later became Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Yet after their first .500 season since 2014-2015, change could be on the way. Ainge partially took responsibility for the Celtics’ disappointing performance earlier this season.
It could be both Ainge and the Celtics who are looking for a fresh start. According to SI’s Chris Mannix, Ainge “isn’t expected to retire” if he leaves the Celtics. Instead, the 62-year-old “would look for other opportunities.”
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