Danny Ainge plans to step down from his role as President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics with the team promoting Brad Stevens from his role.

Stevens will lead the search for a new head coach. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that Stevens has been described as worn down with coaching since the restart in 2020.

Staff and coaches of the Celtics have been informed of the decisions made by Ainge and Stevens.

The Celtics hired Stevens as head coach in 2013 from Butler while Ainge joined the franchise in a front office capacity in 2003.

Boston reached the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017, 2018 and 2020, but struggled in 20-21 and reached the playoffs as the No. 7 seed.

"Helping guide this organization has been the thrill of a lifetime, and having worked side-by-side with him since he's been here, I know we couldn't be in better hands than with Brad guiding the team going forward," said Ainge. "I'm grateful to ownership, all of my Celtics colleagues, and the best fans in basketball for being part of the journey."

"I'm grateful to ownership and to Danny for trusting me with this opportunity," said Stevens. "I'm excited to tackle this new role, starting with a wide ranging and comprehensive search for our next head coach. I love the Celtics, and know the great honor and responsibility that comes with this job. I will give it everything I have to help us be in position to consistently compete for championships."