Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens has insisted that he has no plans to leave the franchise and the NBA this summer to return to coaching at collegiate level.
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Reports earlier this week had suggested that the University of Texas had indicated that they were considering him for their men’s basketball head-coach vacancy this summer, while fans at Indiana University chanted his name during a game this season in an attempt to lure him back to coaching at college.
However, the former Butler coach has moved to dismiss the speculation over his future and has reiterated his commitment and desire to continue with the Celtics.
“I”ll be in Boston,” Stevens bluntly told reporters on Wednesday, as reported by ESPN.
Stevens signed a six-year deal worth $22m with the organisation back in 2013, and the front office have placed their trust in him to lead the rebuilding process as they continue to acquire talent and draft picks.
President of basketball operations Danny Ainge has consistently praised Stevens’ work with the team, and has made no secret of his desire to tie him down to a longer deal.
Boston has endured a difficult period over the last two years as they rebuild the roster after the losses of the likes of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo, and surprisingly Stevens has led them to success even before they are capable of strengthening the roster in free agency and the Draft this summer.
Despite having already made 11 trades and had 22 different gameday players as well as 40 roster players in total, the Celtics have somehow managed to build a 34-41 record this season which leaves them just a half-game adrift of the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.