The candidates for the Cleveland Cavaliers job seem to be all over the place, and that apparently now includes candidates currently residing in another country.
According to a report from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Maccabi Tel Aviv’s David Blatt has emerged as a candidate for the job.
From the report:
An NBA source said Blatt is one of a number of coaches the Cavs have spoken to, but that no interview has been scheduled. At least part of the reason is that Blatt’s team is still playing in Israel. He was in the United States this week because his father died in Phoenix. He also has spoken to Golden State and Minnesota about assistant coaching positions. It’s possible Minnesota coach Flip Saunders is looking at Blatt as his eventual successor.
It’s been almost a month since the Cavaliers fired Mike Brown, and in that time the team has since secured their third no. 1 overall draft pick in the last four years, meaning that whoever does walk into this job may not be walking into a bad situation given some of the talent that’s available in this year’s draft.
Would Blatt be an outside-the-box hire? Sure he would, but that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. The man has proven to be a good basketball coach, and that’s what this young team needs.