Bucks Head Coach Rumors: David Blatt to Meet with Milwaukee for Position

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt during the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-77 win over the Boston Celtics in a NBA basketball game in Boston Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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David Blatt may not have gotten the New York Knicks' head coaching job, but he is still in the running for other posts around the NBA.

According to the New York Post's Marc Berman, Blatt plans to meet with the Milwaukee Bucks about their head coaching vacancy.

Blatt has not coached in the NBA since being fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers midway through the 2015-16 season. He has been with Turkish club Darussafaka since 2016.

Getting another shot in the league is a goal of Blatt's, as the 58-year-old recently told Haaretz's Irad Tsafrir:

"I was in the NBA Finals. I even have a [championship] ring, even though I wasn't there in real time. I'm not lacking anything. What I am lacking is just personal satisfaction, realizing my potential and that of my players to the fullest. I want to try to return to the NBA because I feel like I hadn't realized my potential there. But even if it doesn't happen, I will return to help my teams realize their potential, even if it's the EuroLeague."

Blatt went 83-40 in one-and-a-half seasons in Cleveland and 14-6 in postseason play. The Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games in the 2015 NBA Finals as injuries to Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving played a role.

At the time Blatt was fired in January 2016, his team (30-11) had the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs won their first championship in franchise history later that year under new coach Tyronn Lue.

In Milwaukee, Jason Kidd was fired after a 23-22 start to the 2017-18 season, and Joe Prunty led the team to a 21-16 record the rest of the way. The Bucks pushed the second-seeded Boston Celtics to seven games in the first round of the 2018 NBA playoffs but were ultimately eliminated.

With Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe, Thon Maker and more, Milwaukee has players to build around. Now, it is looking for a coach that can continue to develop the young talent on the roster.

The Cavs originally hired Blatt without LeBron James on the roster to help their team grow. While the coach's job changed when James returned home a month after his hiring, the Bucks may give Blatt an opportunity to prove he can get the most out of young players.


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