Per multiple reports, longtime European coach David Blatt has been offered the Cleveland Cavaliers head coaching position. ESPN is reporting that the Blatt and the Cavs are negotiating contract terms.
Blatt has successfully coached in Europe for 20 years and won the Euroleague championship with Maccabi Tel Aviv last season. The Cavs coaching position opened up after the team fired head coach Mike Brown after one season, the second time Brown had been fired by the Cavs in 4 years.
Blatt’s coaching style features a Princeton-esque offense, thanks to Blatt’s days as a player for Princeton under Pete Carril.
The Cavs hold the first overall pick in this year’s draft and are faced with a couple of critical decisions. They were reportedly highly interested in selecting Kansas center Joel Embiid, but a fractured foot that requires surgery has raised additional red flags about Embiid’s ability to remain healthy. Cleveland also has decisions to make regarding the future of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who will be a restricted free agent next summer unless he signs a long-term extension this year.
With the flops of their last coaching hire and first overall pick Anthony Bennett, Cleveland is under a lot pressure to get things right this time around.
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