Morning sports update: Danny Ainge stepping down, Brad Stevens to move into front office role

Stevens will help lead the Celtics' search for a new head coach.

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Danny Ainge watches the Celtics-Wizards game in January, 2021. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

The Celtics were eliminated by the Nets on Tuesday in a 123-109 Game 5 loss. Brooklyn moves on to face Milwaukee in the next round of the NBA playoffs.

The Red Sox lost to the Astros, 5-1. Boston will face Houston again tonight at 8:10 p.m.

And the Bruins face the Islanders again on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Game 3 of the second-round matchup with the series tied 1-1.

Update (11 a.m.): The Celtics officially announced that Danny Ainge is retiring from his role as the team’s president of basketball operations. Brad Stevens has been named his replacement.

“Ainge will continue to work with the team on transition planning through the upcoming off-season,” the team said in a statement. “A search for a new head coach will begin immediately.”


The news from the Celtics: Following the Celtics’ first-round playoff exit on Tuesday to the Nets, ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski began a steady stream of reports on Wednesday that a major organizational shakeup was coming for Boston.

According to the initial report from Wojnarowski, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was “seriously considering his future with the franchise and could make a decision to step down.”

A separate report from Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix noted that Ainge might not retire if he left the Celtics.

“Sense is he would look for other opportunities,” Mannix tweeted.

Shortly afterward, a second string of more definitive (and consequential) reports emerged.

Both Wojnarowski and Shams Charania of The Athletic followed up with reports of major announcements: Brad Stevens will transition from his current role as Celtics’ head coach to Ainge’s current role as the head of basketball operations.

Ainge will step down from the role he’s held with the Celtics since 2003.

According to both reports, Stevens will now help lead the Celtics’ search for a new head coach.

Stevens has reportedly been “worn down with coaching” since the NBA bubble in 2020.

Trivia: Only one player from the 2017 NBA draft has averaged more points per game in their career so far than Jayson Tatum. Who is that player?


(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He played for Louisville in college.

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