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Celtics tab Brad Stevens as new head coach
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 Wednesday.
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 tenure.
"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.
07/03 18:06:06 ET