Updates from Friday, June 20
David Aldridge of TNT has the latest on the Cavs' coaching search:
Cavs have not finalized a deal with David Blatt yet, but sides worked through the night toward getting a contract done.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 20, 2014
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has more:
Cavaliers, David Blatt resuming contract talks this morning, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 20, 2014
Updates from Thursday, June 19
Fox Sports 1's America's Pregame relayed an update from Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski regarding the Cleveland Cavaliers' head-coaching search:
Wojnarowski expanded on his report:
In a bold move, the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered Euroleague icon David Blatt their head-coaching job, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Cleveland and Blatt's representatives made progress on a contract on Thursday night and resumed discussions on Friday morning, league sources said.
Blatt, 55, would be the first coach to make the leap from Europe to the NBA as a head coach.
Previously, the Cavaliers reportedly narrowed their options, via Brian Windhorst of ESPN:
Filed to ESPN: Cavs believed to be deciding between Tyronn Lue and David Blatt for head coach. Choice expected soon.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 19, 2014
Wojnarowski had reported that one of those two names was the top candidate:
David Blatt has emerged as strong frontrunner to become coach of Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 19, 2014
Sam Amick of USA Today and Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe have more:
In contract talks w/ Cavs & David Blatt about coaching job, I'm told they have "long way to go." Yahoo reporting he's their man.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 20, 2014
Wojnarowski has more on the Cavs potential coaching staff:
Cavs want to add Ty Lue to David Blatt's staff as associate HC, but little, if any, chance he'll leave Doc Rivers staff for it, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 20, 2014
Updates from Thursday, June 12
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports provided insight into Cleveland's search for a new head coach:
Clippers ast Tyronn Lue to get second interview with Cavs tmrw, reports Yahoo Sports. Cavs impressed with his passion, ideas on offense.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) June 12, 2014
Mary Schmitt Boyer and Jodie Valade of the Plain Dealer had more on other candidates for the job:
#Cavs will interview David Blatt next week, source says. Source also confirms Yahoo report of Tyronn Lue second interview Friday, and Gentry— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) June 12, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, June 10
The Cavs are reportedly interested in a recently fired head coach to take over in Cleveland, according to ProBasketballDraft:
Cavs have made back channel inquiries about former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson, per source.— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) June 10, 2014
Updates from Monday, June 9
Adrian Wojnarowski and Brett Dawson of Yahoo Sports report a current college basketball head coach considered coaching the Cavaliers:
Before finalizing a contract extension with the University of Kentucky late last week, John Calipari had gone deep in discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a seven-year, $60 million-plus contract to become president and coach, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had been persistent in his pursuit and kept returning to Calipari in an effort to deliver full control of basketball operations, sources said.
Gilbert and Calipari had discussed a package in the range of $8 million-plus a year, sources said, and it wasn't until midweek that Calipari finally rejected Cleveland and fully committed to his seven-year, $52 million extension at Kentucky.
Later in the day, Mary Schmitt Boyer and Jodie Valade of the Plain Dealer reported that the Cavs will be interviewing another candidate for the head-coaching position:
Much loved star Mark Price will interview with the #Cavs tomorrow— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) June 9, 2014
Updates from Saturday, May 31
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports provides an update on the Cavaliers' head coach search:
Cavs were expected interview Lionel Hollins for head coach position on Saturday, but meeting likely pushed to Monday, sources told Yahoo.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 31, 2014
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports adds more on their search:
From every account, Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue's interview for Cleveland's head coaching job left a strong impression on team officials.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 31, 2014
Updates from Monday, May 26
Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain Dealer compiled reports from Yahoo Sports and USA Today stating the Cavaliers are expected to interview three head-coaching candidates this week:
On Saturday, Yahoo Sports reported that Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue would interview with the Cavs late this week.
Then on Sunday, USA Today reported that Chicago Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin would interview with the Cavs on Tuesday and former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins would interview this weekend. Hollins also is a candidate for the Lakers vacancy, Yahoo reported, and Griffin has interview in Utah, USA Today reported.
Updates from Thursday, May 22
ESPN's Brian Windhorst has an update on the Cavaliers' search:
The Cleveland Cavaliers have contacted Florida coach Billy Donovan about their coaching vacancy, sources told ESPN.com.
Donovan said Thursday that several NBA teams had called him about openings in recent days but that he still plans to be with the Gators next season.
The Cavs, who have been buoyed after winning the draft lottery this week, have been focusing their search on big-name college candidates in the wake of firing Mike Brown. In addition to Donovan, they have tested the interest of Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg, sources said. The Cavs also inquired about UConn's Kevin Ollie before he agreed to a long-term extension to stay with the Huskies.
Updates from Tuesday, May 20
CBS Cleveland's Joe Lull reports two candidates are receiving interest from the Cavaliers to fill the team's vacant head-coaching position:
League source confirms Cavs intend on speaking w/ Portland assistant David Vanterpool & Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue re: head coaching job— Joe Lull (@LullOnSports) May 20, 2014
Updates from Sunday, May 18
Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports a former NBA coach is intrigued by the Cavalier's vacant head-coaching position:
At this point, Saunders doesn’t appear interested in 1,000-game winner George Karl, who very much wants to coach again but would prefer jobs in Cleveland and Washington (should the Wizards job open).
Sam Amico of Fox Sports continued:
Both Cavs & Timberwolves had placed calls to Michigan St coach Tom Izzo, according to report by @JerryZgoda. Izzo not interested.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) May 18, 2014
Brash moves are being made in the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, with Mike Brown being fired as head coach and David Griffin being named general manager, per the team's official site.
Subsequently, a coaching search is immediately underway in Cleveland. Sam Amick of USA Today notes one candidate for the job:
Being told Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin (Luol Deng's old coach) is expected to be a top candidate for Cavs- http://t.co/VuSYrYla9b— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 12, 2014
Though the Cavs have blundered in recent years, Griffin believes they have potential to turn it around soon, as he said in his introductory press conference (h/t NBA.com):
Over the last several months it has become clear to me that the Cavaliers are on the cusp of reaching the higher level of success that we all want and our fans so greatly deserve. At the same time, it has become apparent that certain changes are needed. We now have the assets to make those necessary changes and additions to our team.
In order to find that success, Griffin will need to find a coach who can make an immediate impact.
Griffin might be in search of a coach he approves of who can also help with an instantaneous turnaround. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports alluded to what the Cavs may be looking for:
David Griffin comes out of the Suns system and wants to play faster, shoot more 3-pointers. Mike Brown was always ex-GM Chris Grant's guy.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 12, 2014
With the search still fresh, several names will no doubt be tossed around in the coaching search for the Cavaliers. Despite several years of abysmal play on the court and a 33-49 record with Brown at the helm in 2013-14, the new coach will come into a program that has a wealth of talent.
Several notable coaches are on the market. Names like Mark Jackson and George Karl, who are both strong candidates, might also become targets throughout the search. Wojnarowski also mentions some college coaches of note this offseason:
Two college coaches who intrigue NBA execs -- some who have openings, some who don't: Michigan's John Beilein and Virginia's Tony Bennett.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 12, 2014
Players like Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Luol Deng and Tristan Thompson currently don the Cavs jersey. And if the team does in fact target Adrian Griffin, it might be able to keep Deng in Cleveland to compete for a playoff spot.
As with anything else in Cleveland sports, the coaching search should be interesting to watch. Any updates to the ongoing hunt will be added to this story.
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