Despite reports that he received a massive offer to leave Boston and take over at Indiana, Celtics coach Brad Stevens insisted Monday that he never received any package from the Hoosiers.
Even if he did, Stevens said, he wouldn’t have taken it.
Report: Indiana offered Stevens $70 million
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday night that Indiana was prepared to make Stevens a massive 7-year, $70 million offer to take over as its next head coach.
That would have made him the highest-paid coach in college basketball by annual salary, more than both Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Kentucky coach John Calipari.
There are plenty of connections that would have made Stevens an ideal candidate for the Hoosiers’ job after the school opted to move on from Archie Miller, who was fired last month after just four seasons.
Not only is he a Zionsville, Indiana, native, but Stevens led Butler to four Horizon League regular season titles and back-to-back Final Four runs — which he used to make the jump to the NBA and Boston in 2013. Undoubtedly, he would have been welcomed home to Indiana with open arms.
“I’m, unfortunately, skewed in a lot of ways I guess.”
Indiana eventually hired Mike Woodson to fill the open position in Bloomington.
Though he doesn’t know what his coaching future holds — Stevens is in the middle of his eighth season with the Celtics — Stevens said again on Monday how content he is being in Boston.
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