In a somewhat shocking move, the Boston Celtics hired Butler head coach Brad Stevens to the same position, the team announced.
He will replace Doc Rivers, who was hired by the Los Angeles Clippers in a transaction that netted the Celtics a first-round draft pick. Rivers won a title with Boston in 2008.
Stevens spent six seasons at Butler where he went 166-49 and led the Bulldogs to consecutive national title games in 2010 and 2011.
Stevens, 36, is a young coach who joins a rebuilding Celtics team that recently shipped off Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets after losing Ray Allen a year before to the Miami Heat in free agency. He was a name always linked to the big-name coaching jobs on the college level.
Clearly, they will allow Stevens to grow within his role as he moves from coaching in the Horizon League to the NBA. Now the question of Rajon Rondo remains, who may be dealt as the reconstruction of the C’s continues.