The Boston Celtics have found their man to replace head coach Doc Rivers. That man is now former Butler head coach Brad Stevens. And with the contract length and money committed to the 36 year old Stevens, the Celtics must feel pretty confident about his abilities.
Boston gave Brad Stevens six years and $22 million to walk away from the NCAA and to the big leagues.
Stevens deal with Butler was for 10 years, so they most likely had to offer Stevens some security to walk away from an almost tenure like contract. Especially with a potentially rocky rebuilding process ahead of him and some losing seasons.
But according to Adrian Wojanrowski of Yahoo! Sports, Celtics’ Danny Ainge has always been “fond” of Stevens:
“Boston general manager Danny Ainge had long been fond of Stevens and made a swift, decisive courtship to convince him to become his coach, sources said.”
The Celtics had promised not to rush their decision to find a replacement for Doc Rivers, this one seemed relatively quick all things considered.
Y! Sources: Celtics commit six years, $22 million to coach Brad Stevens. http://t.co/di4pUot1uO
β Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2013