Boston Celtics Name Danny Ainge Executive Director of Basketball Operations

Red Auerbach and Danny Ainge
Red Auerbach (right) and Danny Ainge.

Steve Lipofsky

BOSTON, MA - The Boston Celtics announced today that Danny Ainge, a player on two Celtics World Championship teams, has been hired as the Executive Director of Basketball Operations. In his new role with the club, Ainge will oversee all basketball matters related to the organization.

"I am very happy he accepted the position with us," said Celtics President Red Auerbach. "I know that it will be a great relationship because Danny is a worker. He has a great personality, he's smart and bleeds green."

Ainge, who was selected by Boston in the Second Round (31st pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft, spent the first seven-plus years of his playing career with the Celtics. He finished his career with the Green averaging 11.3 points and 4.4 assists per game. He was traded along with Brad Lohaus to the Sacramento Kings on February 23, 1989 in exchange for Ed Pinckney and Joe Kleine. Following the 1989-90 season, he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers. In July 1992, he signed with the Phoenix Suns as a free agent and spent three seasons with the club before retiring.

During his 14-year playing career, Ainge won two World Championships with Boston (1984, 1986) and appeared in six NBA Finals (four with Boston). He ranks third in NBA playoff history for games played (193) and ranks sixth in most three-pointers made (172). He is also eighth in three-pointers attempted (433).

Following his playing career, Ainge joined the Phoenix Suns coaching staff as an Assistant Coach prior to the 1996-97 season. Just eight games into the season, he was promoted to Head Coach and guided his club to a 40-34 record after the team started the season 0-8. He spent the next two-plus seasons as Head Coach of the Suns and compiled a 136-90 (.602) record before stepping down on December 13, 1999.

Most recently, Ainge has served as an NBA game and studio analyst for Turner Sports.