Indiana College was prepared to supply Celtics’ Brad Stevens seven-year, $70 million contract


Because the phrases slipped out of ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s mouth, Jalen Rose stood up on the studio set, clutching his chest in astonishment.

“I used to be advised that Indiana was ready to supply him seven years, $70 million,” Wojnarowski stated.

Indiana College, throughout its seek for a coach to interchange the fired Archie Miller, was set to provide a seven-year, $70 million contract to Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Wojnarowski stated Saturday on NBA Countdown.

“Hey, Juwan, you hear that? Juwan, you hear that?” Rose stated to his former Michigan teammate now the Wolverines coach. “I am sorry. Oh my god. I would like to return to school. … Wow, actually?”

Stevens didn’t entertain the thought, Wojnarowski stated.

Dec 11, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens reacts on the sidelines during the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Dec 11, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens reacts on the sidelines throughout the first quarter in opposition to the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

“Leaving the Boston Celtics for a university job, it does not make sense,” he stated. “He is in that high-$6 (million), low $7-million a yr vary anyway.”

Rose stated he did not blame Stevens for passing the IU teaching put up up.

“It is higher to be within the league,” he stated. “He can get the identical cash within the league with out having to go recruiting and having to do all of the stuff that comes with being a university coach.”

When Stevens was requested about the potential of going to IU, earlier than Woodson was employed, he made clear the reply was no.

“I stated it the opposite day: I am not. And I attempted to say it as clearly as I might and likewise ensure that folks perceive that that place, to me, (is) particular,” Stevens stated at a pregame information convention March 19, based on ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “I like coming to work daily. I like this space. Individuals have been nice to us. My household is so completely satisfied. And, on the similar time, house is residence. And that is why I needed to verify everyone understood which means loads. However no. Similar to I stated on Tuesday, I am not. So, I do not know if I must reply that once more on Monday, however I hope folks perceive that. And folks can hopefully respect that it nonetheless means loads to me and I hope they rent whoever (they) rent and they’re there for 20 years and children really feel like I did. However I am not a child anymore. I am a 44-year-old Masshole.”

IU employed Woodson, a former participant and assistant with the Knicks, March 28. IndyStar has reported that Woodson and Indiana agreed to a six-year deal that may pay him roughly $3 million per yr.

“Indiana, they ended up hiring Mike Woodson,” Wojnaroswki stated Saturday. “However not practically at that quantity.”

Observe IndyStar sports activities reporter Dana Benbow on Twitter: @DanaBenbow. Attain her through e mail: dbenbow@indystar.com.

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