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Ryan McDonough: Suns tried to hire Brad Stevens before Celtics did

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PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 23: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics talks with Isaiah Thomas #4 during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 23, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Celtics defeated the Suns 115-110. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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When the Celtics hired Brad Stevens in 2013, it came out of nowhere.

There were no reports, no leaks – just a press release announcing the hire as complete.

But Boston wasn’t the only team trying to lure Stevens from Butler.

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough on The Vertical Podcast with Woj, as transcribed by Jay King of MassLive:

“So yeah, we were at his kitchen table,” McDonough explained on the podcast. “We were meeting with him about potentially coaching the Suns. Ultimately he decided at that time to stay at Butler, and then a month or two later he chose to go to the Celtics. But as far as how close it was or what his decision-making process was, you’d have to ask him about that. But we were sitting around his kitchen table discussing him potentially coaching the Suns in May of 2013.”

Stevens has quickly become one of the NBA’s best coaches. The Suns, meanwhile, are giving Earl Watson a shot after Jeff Hornacek’s up-and-down tenure.

McDonough went to Phoenix from the Celtics’ front office. So, I wonder how long the idea of Stevens was kicked around in Boston before he was actually hired.