Brad Stevens Given 6-1 Odds To Replace Mike Krzyzewski As Duke Coach

Brad StevensAlmost from the day Brad Stevens was hired to coach the Boston Celtics, there have been rumblings that Causeway Street is only a pit stop for him en route to another historic program.

ESPN.com has given Stevens 6-1 odds to replace Duke coach Mike Krzyzsewski once the legendary “Coach K” retires. Although Krzyzewski’s retirement is not believed to be imminent, Stevens long has been a rumored target of the Blue Devils.

The former obstacle, some observers say, was that Stevens was loyal to the Butler program that raised him as a coach and he was reluctant to leave the Bulldogs directly for another college program. His six-year contract with the Celtics would seem to tie him in Boston through 2019, but as Doc Rivers proved last summer, being under contract is no guarantee a coach will stick around.

Stevens is given the best odds of any non-Dookie by Jeff Goodman, but he’s still just fourth on the list. Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, whose stock has skyrocketed over the last few years, is No. 1.