After a disappointing loss in the NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7, a game that the Celtics had dominated up until the final 2 minutes, Wycliffe "Wyc" Grousbeck promoted Danny Ainge to President of Basketball Operations, thus leaving the General Manager position available.
"We felt that Danny would be perfect for the role as President of Basketball Operations. With his insight and knowledge of the game, he will be able to not only teach our new General Manager the in's and out's of the NBA but also serve in a multitude of other roles" - Wyc Grousbeck
With the promotion of Ainge, the Boston Basketball Partners LLC (which Grousbeck is a part of) hired 27 year old Greg Ezell as their new General Manager. Ezell's pedigree comes at the college level where he coached Syracuse for three years, twice going to the NCAA Tournament.
"Yeah he's a young guy, but there's nothing wrong with that. Like I said, we feel that Danny will be able to teach Greg the ins and outs of the NBA in a short amount a time. (Greg) worked well with the kids from 'Cuse and we feel he'll make a good edition to Celtics management" - Wyc Grousbeck
Ezell signed a 3 year contract and terms were not disclosed per team policy.
I'm ready to take the team that Danny built and continue the dominance this team has shown for the past few years. Last season we were five minutes away from winning a second title in three years and while the Big 3 are in town, I expect championships. Boston has always been a great basketball city and this will be no different. We have the talent, drive and leadership to beat anyone in the East. Don't forget who the real Big 3 are.
Ezell will have the task to manage a roster that has five players (3 starters) who are past or nearing their 15th season in the NBA. Ray Allen (14), Kevin Garnett (15), Paul Pierce (12) and new comers Shaquille O'Neal (18) and Jermaine O'Neal (14) make up the oldest roster in the NBA with an average age of 34 years old.
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