BOSTON (CBS) — There is a lot of smoke about Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for the head coaching job at Indiana. And where there is smoke, there is usually fire.
Though occasionally where there is smoke, there is something else that could lead to some whacky theories. That seems to be what national reporters and analysts are pointing to in regards to the Hoosier rumors surrounding the Celtics head coach.READ MORE: Man killed during police shooting at Space Force Station in New Hampshire
There were a lot of rumblings that Stevens would be announced as Indiana’s new head coach on Friday — mere hours before the Celtics are set to host the Sacramento Kings. But SI’s Chris Mannix and Stadium’s Jeff Goodman have both shot down the notion that Stevens will be leaving the Celtics for Indiana.
Internally, there has been no indication that Brad Stevens is going anywhere, several team officials tell me. Any move to Indiana — and really, it’s just social media gossip — would come as a complete shock.
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) March 19, 2021
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For what it’s worth, regarding Brad Stevens to IU speculation:
The Celtics just finished shootaround. Play the Kings tonight at 7:30.
One source: “It was just a normal day. He didn’t seem any different”
Celtics sources will be beyond shocked if Stevens leaves for Indiana.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 19, 2021
Given his Indiana roots, Stevens will always be connected to the IU job. Maybe something is in the works, but it would require Stevens to leave the Celtics in the middle of his eighth season with the team. That just doesn’t seem like Stevens’ style, especially given he just signed an extension with the team over the offseason.MORE NEWS: Boston area gets a glimpse of 'super flower blood moon' lunar eclipse
The rumors will likely continue until Indiana hires a new head coach. But for now, it’s being chalked up to a whole lot of online gossip.