Monday, April 19, 2021 7:39 PM EST
By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP
BOSTON (AP) — Brad Stevens says he wasn’t close to leaving the Boston Celtics for the coaching job at Indiana University. He says he never received an offer. He says an ESPN report that Indiana was prepared to offer the 44-year-old a seven-year contract worth $70 million was “news to me.” A native of Indiana who took Butler to back-to-back NCAA championship game appearances in 2010 and 2011, Stevens was a top candidate for the Hoosiers job after Archie Miller was fired last month. Former NBA coach Mike Woodson was hired on March 28.