Nate McMillan, Brad Stevens Agree to Extensions with Pacers, Celtics
A pair of NBA coaches had especially good Wednesdays.
Brad Stevens, one of the brightest young coaches in the game received an extension from the Boston Celtics. Stevens is currently in the midst of his seventh season with the Celtics and has led his team to yet another playoff berth.
“Brad is an accomplished coach and an outstanding person,” said Boston Celtics Lead Owner and Governor Wyc Grousbeck. “We are proud to have him lead our team forward in our quest for Banner 18.”
Moreover, Stevens has helped the Celtics establish themselves as a force on both ends of the floor. His team currently ranks top-five in both offense and defense, while the continued growth of the likes of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum is a testament to the work of Stevens and his coaching staff.
“Brad is one of the most intelligent and hard-working coaches in the game today,” said Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “More importantly, his character and integrity have contributed to a culture that we all highly value here. Brad is a great teammate, and a leader people want to follow. We are honored to have him with us as we continue to pursue our next championship.”
Elsewhere in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers rewarded head coach Nate McMillan with an extension of his own.
“I just felt that that was appropriate for both sides,” McMillan said on Wednesday. “Normally I don’t do any negotiations until after the end of the season. This has been an unusual season for all of us — myself, the organization, the NBA. And we’ve been talking about this and thought that one-year extension was really the appropriate thing for both sides.”
Interestingly, McMillan’s extension is only for one year and comes off the heels of multiple rumours that McMillan’s time in Indiana was coming to an end. Nevertheless, McMillan has led the Pacers to a playoff berth in each of his four seasons with the organization.
“What Nate has done in four seasons with our franchise merits this extension,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said in a statement. “Between injuries and changes in personnel, he and his coaching staff have adapted and produced positive results. He also represents the franchise, the city and our state in a first-class manner.”
The Pacers are currently tied for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.