NBA: Celtics sign Stevens to coaching contract extension

Brad Stevens Boston Celtics
Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics looks on during the third quarter after the game at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images / AFP)

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who twice guided his squad into the NBA Eastern Conference finals, has signed a contract extension with the club, the team announced Wednesday.

Details of the deal were not disclosed but it came with the Celtics at 48-23 and seeded third in the Eastern Conference playoffs that begin next week, their sixth post-season appearance in seven seasons under Stevens.

"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.

"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, who took charge of the Celtics in July 2013, has a 318-245 record in nearly seven full seasons with Boston.

"We're thrilled that Brad Stevens will continue to be our coach," Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca said. "He has become one of the best coaches in the NBA, and is a real leader on and off the court."

Stevens, 43, coached Boston into the 2017 and 2018 East finals, the first time the Celtics went that far in back-to-back campaigns since the 1987 and 1988 playoffs.