Less than a week after agreeing to trade aging Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets – and 10 days after shipping coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers – the Celtics hired Butler’s Brad Stevens as their next head coach.
Stevens, 36, twice led the Bulldogs to the NCAA title game, but has no NBA experience as a player or coach.
“Brad and I share a lot of the same values,” Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said in a release. “Though he is young, I see Brad as a great leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic.
“His teams always play hard and execute on both ends of the court,” Ainge added. “Brad is a coach who has already enjoyed lots of success, and I look forward to working with him towards Banner 18.”
Stevens has spent the past six years as the coach of Butler, leading the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championship games in 2010 and 2011. He has a career winning percentage of .772 and never won fewer than 22 games in a season.
SPURS: Manu Ginobili is sticking around to see if San Antonio can get back to the top.
Ginobili tweeted Wednesday that he is staying with the team he has helped win three NBA titles and nearly a fourth in June.
Ginobili, who turns 36 this month, battled injuries during the season and said he would think about retirement after the playoffs. But he helped the Spurs come within 28 seconds of the championship before falling to the Miami Heat in seven games, and his return ensures the longtime Big Three that includes Tim Duncan and Tony Parker will be in place next season.
HOWARD WATCH: Free-agent center Dwight Howard hopes to decide which team he will sign with by Friday, according to ESPN.com.
Howard spent the past few days meeting with teams that are courting his services, including the Los Angeles Lakers, whom he played for this past season, and Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks.
BULLS: Derrick Rose says he’s still recovering from knee surgery and vows to show sitting out last season was the right decision.
In an interview posted Wednesday on the team’s Web site, Rose said he had to be selfish in his rehab as he tried to work his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and that sitting out was “one of the hardest things” he’s experienced.
He also said fans will understand it was “the right decision” when they see him back on the court.
Rose hasn’t played since he crumbled to the court near the end of the 2012 playoff opener against Philadelphia, sending the top-seeded Bulls to a first-round exit. He had surgery on May 12 that year.
WIZARDS: Garrett Temple says he’s returning to Washington. The versatile guard said Wednesday that he’s agreed to a one-year contract for next season.
Temple was signed on Christmas Day from the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Developmental League and became a regular part of the Wizards rotation, playing both guard positions. He appeared in 51 games, starting 36, and averaged 5.1 points and 2.3 assists.
Temple can’t sign his contract until July 10 under NBA free agency rules.