Brad Stevens
The Celtics weren’t about to let the best coach in basketball leave anytime soon. Boston has signed Brad Stevens to a long term extension. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The best coach in the NBA isn’t leaving Boston anytime soon. The Celtics wisely locked up Brad Stevens signing him to a long term extension. The team announced the agreement but have not disclosed the exact details.

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Celtics have signed head coach Brad Stevens to a contract extension, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Stevens, who was named the franchise’s 17th head coach on July 3, 2013, has produced a 318-245 win-loss record (.565) in six-plus seasons with the Celtics. His 318 wins are the fourth-most by any Celtics coach in franchise history (795-Auerbach, 427-Heinsohn, 416-Rivers).

“Brad is an accomplished coach and an outstanding person,” said Boston Celtics Lead Owner and Governor Wyc Grousbeck. “We are proud to have him lead our team forward in our quest for Banner 18.”

“We are thrilled that Brad Stevens will continue to be our coach,” said Boston Celtics Co-Owner Steve Pagliuca. “He has become one of the best coaches in the NBA, and is a real leader on and off the court. This is a great day for the Boston Celtics.”

“Brad is one of the most intelligent and hard-working coaches in the game today,” said Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “More importantly, his character and integrity have contributed to a culture that we all highly value here. Brad is a great teammate, and a leader people want to follow. We are honored to have him with us as we continue to pursue our next championship.”

Stevens, 43, has been with the franchise since 2013. Stevens ranks 4th all-time in wins behind just Red Auerbach, Tommy Heinsohn, and Doc Rivers. As crazy as it sounds, Stevens will likely pass Red eventually. Despite taking over a rebuild, Boston is headed for their 6th straight playoff trip.

This deal makes sense for both sides. Stevens gets to stay with a team he helped build and a loaded one at that. It doesn’t get much better than the top 6 that Boston has already. Stevens has proved he can develop talent. Both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are stars. It’s a perfect mariage and one that hopefully will bring Banner 18 sooner than later.

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