Celtics hire Brad Stevens

BOSTON — No urgency to this coaching search, he said.

But in truth, Danny Ainge’s first thoughts turned to Butler’s Brad Stevens two Sundays ago, at roughly the same time Doc Rivers’ departure for the Los Angeles Clippers was finalized.

According to a league source, that’s roughly when Ainge approached Stevens, who finally made the decision yesterday to become the 16th head coach in Celtics history. He will be introduced at a press conference today.

And he’ll be here for a while. The 36-year-old agreed to a six-year, $22 million contract, according to a league source. Ainge, who did not interview any other candidate or reach out to anyone else, reportedly likes the idea of hiring a young coach who can grow with the Celtics’ young roster.

In the wake of a trade that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn for a draft pick-laden package, the Celtics will have 13 players who are 29 or young on their roster, including 11 who are 27 or younger.

Though Ainge can be expected to make more moves before the summer is finished, the Celtics president of basketball operations admittedly will have too many players once the trade is announced next Thursday.

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