Indiana was reportedly prepared to make Celtics’ Brad Stevens highest-paid coach in college basketball
Indiana was unable to lure Brad Stevens away from Boston, however the Celtics coach definitely did not flip down the job due to a scarcity of economic incentive.
During Saturday’s version of “NBA Countdown,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that Indiana was prepared to supply Stevens a seven-year, $70 million contract after the Hoosiers fired Archie Miller final month. That deal would have made Stevens the highest-paid coach in college basketball primarily based on annual wage ($10 million), placing him forward of Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski ($9 million yearly, per Forbes) and Kentucky’s John Calipari ($8.6 million yearly).
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The large numbers surprised ESPN analyst Jalen Rose, who joked that he wanted to return to college.
Stevens has been connected to the IU job all through his teaching profession, however he has by no means expressed any actual curiosity in returning to the college stage since becoming a member of the Celtics in 2013. Wojnarowski famous that Stevens didn’t entertain the supply, and his present contract with Boston has him incomes $6 million to $7 million yearly.
“It’s better to be in the league,” Rose mentioned. “He can get the same money in the league without having to go recruit and do all the stuff that comes with being a collegiate coach.”
The Hoosiers went on to rent former Hawks and Knicks coach Mike Woodson to a six-year, $18 million deal. Not precisely Stevens cash, however a pleasant chunk of change.