The Cleveland Cavaliers are facing a pivotal offseason.
They must decide if they are going to offer fpoint guard Kyrie Irving a max contract, whether or not they will cut ties with guard Dion Waiters of power forward Tristan Thompson, like many have speculated and what they are going to do with the number one overall pick. That could influence their Irving decision (The Cavaliers could try to deal the pick to put a veteran with Irving or they could attempt to develop a young prospect like former Kansas Jayhawks’ center Joel Embiid, his college teammate, forward Andrew Wiggins or former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker).
However, the first task they will likely complete is the hiring of a new head coach. The Cavaliers interviewed former Cavaliers’ guard and current Charlotte Hornets’ assistant coach Mark Price on Tuesday and have recently been tied to current Indiana Pacers’ assistant coach former Seattle Supersonics and Portland Trail Blazers’ head coach Nate McMillan.
According to Bob Finnan, The Morning Journal and The News-Herald, the Cavaliers are also interested in former Golden State Warriors’ head coach Mark Jackson.
After interviewing Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Mark Price on June 10, the Cavaliers could turn their attention to two other viable coaching candidates: former Golden State coach Mark Jackson and Indiana assistant Nate McMillan.
Price was the sixth known candidate to interview for the job left vacant by the dismissal of Mike Brown on May 12.
Jackson, fired after the Warriors’ first-round exit in the Western Conference playoffs this season, has returned to his basketball analyst position with ESPN and is currently covering the NBA Finals. Joe Kotoch of probasketballdraft.com said the Cavs have made “back-channel inquiries” about Jackson.
In three years with the Warriors, Jackson went 121-109, including a playoff record of 9-10.