Ainge receives contract extension
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Boston Celtics executive director of basketball
operations Danny Ainge received a three-year contract extension on Friday. The
deal will keep him with the club through the 2008-09 campaign.
The 46-year-old Ainge took over his current position on May 9, 2003. This past
season, Boston captured the Atlantic Division title and the third seed in the
Eastern Conference. The Celtics were then eliminated from the postseason in
the first round by the Indiana Pacers.
“On behalf of our organization, I am pleased that Danny has signed an
extension to his contract to be with us for the next several years,” said
Celtics managing partner Steve Pagliuca. “Danny is a winner and over the last
two years has brought an exciting group of young, talented players to Boston,
has attracted a terrific coach in Doc Rivers, and together they have delivered
our first Atlantic Division championship for many years. He is committed to
making the Celtics championship contenders once again.”
Ainge played for the Celtics from 1981-89 and helped lead the team to
championships in 1984 and 1986. He finished his career with Boston averaging
11.3 points and 4.4 assists per game, while hitting 38.6 percent of his three-
Ainge was then traded along with Brad Lohaus to Sacramento on February 23,
1989 in exchange for Ed Pinckney and Joe Kleine. Following the 1989-90 season,
he was dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers.
In July 1992, Ainge signed with the Phoenix Suns as a free agent and spent
three campaigns with the club before retiring.
Following his playing days, he served as a color analyst for TNT during the
1995-96 season before joining the Suns as an assistant coach prior to the
1996-97 campaign. After the team started 0-8 that year, Ainge was promoted to
head coach and guided the club to a 40-34 record over the remainder of the
He spent the next two-plus campaigns at the helm of the Suns and compiled a
136-90 record before stepping down on December 13, 1999 and returning to TNT
as an analyst.