The Cleveland Cavaliers fired Mike Brown for the second time since 2010 earlier in the offseason and immediately began the search for a new head coach.
Although that search has tied the Cavaliers to several different big name coaches, it is still ongoing. However, it looks like the Cavaliers are finally narrowing things down. There has been a lot of chatter surrounding the Cavaliers and Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach David Blatt and former Boston Celtics and current Los Angeles Clippers’ assistant coach Tyronn Lue.
Now the Cavaliers may have their man.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Blatt has emerged as a ‘strong frontunner’ for the job.
David Blatt has emerged as strong frontrunner to become coach of Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 19, 2014
Cavaliers had narrowed list to Blatt and Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue, sources said. Offer to Blatt is imminent, league sources tell Yahoo. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 19, 2014
Blatt and the Cavaliers had a “good talk” earlier in the week, but as Mary Schmitt-Boyer of The Cleveland Plain-Dealer (via David Pick of Euro Basket) says, Blatt has been advised to become an assistant with the Golden State Warriors instead.
David Pick, a well-respected senior correspondent at Eurobasket.com, Sportando.com and ONE.co.il, the Israeli equivalent of ESPN, sent out three tweets on Wednesday after former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt’s interview with the Cavaliers.
First, he tweeted: “It’s finished. Went good, I’m told.”
Then he added, “Cavaliers have interviewed David Blatt for head coach position. Source, “was a good talk.”‘
Finally, he tweeted, “People close to David Blatt advised he join Golden State as assistant over diving into head coach role in Cleveland.”
With talent on the roster and the number one pick in next week’s draft, the Cavaliers may be a nice place for Blatt to start his career.