Stevens shoots down Indiana speculation: 'I’m going to be here'

Stevens shoots down Indiana speculation: 'I’m going to be here'

Death, Taxes and Brad Stevens’ rumored return to Indiana.

It’s hard to live in this world and not have all the above to contend with at some point every year.

For the umpteenth time, Stevens reiterated that he has no intensions of returning to the college game.

“I don’t speak to the rumor mill or anything else,” Stevens, an Indiana native who led Butler University to a pair of national title runner-up finishes, told reporters prior to tonight’s game at Brooklyn. “I’m made pretty clear I’m going to be here. I’ve been asked about that quite a bit. And I’ll keep saying the same thing. I’m going to be here until the Celtics decide they want to move in another direction.”

Stevens’ name has been rumored about after Indiana University fired Tom Crean earlier this week.

Even if Stevens were interested, it would be next to impossible for him to leave Boston for another college coaching job.

The Celtics signed Stevens to a six-year, $22 million contract when they hired him in 2013, and gave Stevens a three-year extension in 2016.

The Celtics have no incentive to release him from his current contract to take a college job.

Unlike when ex-coach Doc Rivers was interested in leaving the Celtics for another NBA job, colleges can’t strike a deal with the Celtics in order for them to make Stevens available.

In 2013, Boston let Rivers out of his contract to become head coach and president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Clippers. In exchange for that, the Celtics received a first-round pick that was used to select R.J. Hunter.

At the time of Stevens’ extension in June of last year, the Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge – he also received an extension at that time – thought Stevens’ new deal would end all rumors regarding Stevens’ availability to return to the college game.

“We don't have to answer any more questions about Indiana or Butler, or Duke, or North Carolina," Ainge said in June when the Celtics announced both of their contract extensions.

PODCAST: Tommy Heinsohn on Paul Pierce's place in history; Does Ainge still have a move up his sleeve?

dl-celtics_talk.png

PODCAST: Tommy Heinsohn on Paul Pierce's place in history; Does Ainge still have a move up his sleeve?

While the NBA offseason has slowed down a little bit, there's still plenty to talk about with the Boston Celtics. Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely quickly hit on the recent discussion on what the events would need to be for the C's to dream about trading for Anthony Davis. Also, while the roster seems to be in place, is Danny Ainge done? He told our Tom Giles last week that the team might not be done, and Sherrod throws out a player that is still available.

For this week's interview, we dial up Tommy Heinsohn to chat about the flurry of changes to the roster, including what he saw in rookie Jayson Tatum at Summer League. Also, Tommy talks about where Paul Pierce ranks in Celtics history.

Shane Larkin to return from EuroLeague to sign with Celtics

ap_716341018423.jpg

Shane Larkin to return from EuroLeague to sign with Celtics

BOSTON -- Danny Ainge wasn’t kidding when he recently said the Celtics weren’t done adding talent to their roster.

The C's will add EuroLeague point guard Shane Larkin, according to agent Jim Tanner.

Larkin, drafted by Atlanta (and immediately traded on draft night to Dallas) with the 18th overall pick in the 2013, walked away from a deal overseas that would have reportedly paid him $6.3 million for this upcoming season -- significantly less than he will make with the Celtics.
 
However, Boston affords him a chance to jumpstart his NBA career after having played three seasons with three different teams (Dallas, New York and Brooklyn) in which he averaged 5.8 points and 3.2 assists while playing 20.3 minutes per game.
 
He spent last season playing overseas with Baskonia in Spain, appearing in 33 games while averaging 13.1 points per contest.
 
Larkin played collegiately at the University of Miami for Jim Larrinaga, whose son, Jay, is a Celtics assistant coach.
 
Larkin joins a Celtics that has three primary ball-handlers on the roster: Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier.
 
Those three collectively would appear to be enough ball-handling for Boston, prompting one league official contacted by CSNNE.com on Thursday who thinks the addition of Larkin might be a prelude to another trade by the Celtics.
 
And based on Larkin’s initial comments to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, it sounds as though Larkin isn’t being brought in just to provide some depth behind Boston’s other three playmakers.
 
“After talking with Danny Ainge on the phone and hearing what he envisions for me, I knew that it was a great opportunity to continue to grow as a player and eventually become the guy I’m supposed to be in this league,” Larkin told Kennedy via text message.