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Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt heading to NBA


Famed Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt, who has a resume that would make Phil Jackson blush, is apparently leaving his longtime team in effort to join the NBA.

Where exactly remains an unknown.

The four-time Israeli League Coach of the Year has routinely drawn interest from NBA front offices who have continually gauged his desire to come to the NBA, though, he’s never shown a willingness to do so before now.

“Maccabi Insiders expect David Blatt to announce he’s headed to the NBA but not specifically where”, says David Pick of Eurobasket.com.

A former Princeton graduate, Blatt played professionally from 1981 to 1993 before joining the coaching ranks as Hapoel Galil Elyon’s head coach. The Massachusetts native continued coaching a handful of teams before eventually joining forces with powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv. He eventually left that job and continued coaching elsewhere, though returned to his former home in 2010 where he’s been since.

One team that has reportedly shown public interest in Blatt are the Cleveland Cavaliers, though, outside of the suggested interest there has been no rumors linking the two together. However, after their reported courting of multiple high-profile college coaches, it wouldn’t exactly be a shock if the Cavaliers did potentially reach out to Blatt. Though again, that’s pure speculation at this point.

In addition to know knowing where Blatt will be heading, nobody knows what role he’ll be taking on. Will it be a simple assistant role or will he take over a head coaching duty? Does he even go further and take on a president role as well? Sounds like we’ll be finding out in the coming days.

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