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Bickerstaff had talked with Sixers, Celtics, Lakers and Kings about lead assistant roles, but Beilein and GM Koby Altman helped convince him to play a central role in helping ex-Michigan coach transition to NBA. Bickerstaff was HC with Grizzlies and Rockets. https://t.co/7EOWBfCmhf
Bickerstaff, 40, was fired by the Grizzlies in April after missing the playoffs by 15 games with a 33-49 record. Memphis posted a 15-48 mark while he served as its interim head coach during the 2017-18 season following the firing of David Fizdale, who's now with the New York Knicks.
The campaign fell well short of expectations, which were in part set by the upbeat tone the Denver native used after his interim tag was removed last May.
"We're going into it with an optimistic view, and we're planning on success," Bickerstaff told reporters at the time. "We're planning on a playoff run. There's no doubt about it."
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The University of Minnesota product served as the Houston Rockets' interim head coach for most of the 2015-16 season after Kevin McHale was let go. The team went 37-34 under his guidance to earn a playoff berth before getting knocked out in the first round by the Golden State Warriors.
In all, Bickerstaff's teams have gone 85-131 during his time as a head coach.
Bickerstaff will be tasked with helping ease the transition of Beilein, who's arriving to the NBA for the first time after more than four decades at the collegiate ranks.
The Cavs' roster will need ample upgrades around point guard Collin Sexton, the eighth overall pick in the 2018 draft, before the team is prepared to contend, though. The rebuilding process continues with the No. 5 selection in this year's draft.