CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – After 5 weeks of interviews, the Cleveland Cavaliers have found their next head coach – David Blatt.
Blatt, 55, spent the last 2 decades overseas where he won several European titles – including the Euroleague championship this past year for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Cavaliers general manager David Griffin met with owner Dan Gilbert at length Thursday night before formally offering Blatt the job, which he accepted Friday afternoon.
Details of the agreement with Blatt were finalized shortly after and he will be named the team’s 20th coach in franchise history.
Despite being virtually unknown by fans, Blatt is highly regarded in NBA circles as an innovator and offensive minded coach. He has won 6 Israeli Cup titles and 5 Israeli League championships since 2002 and also led Russia to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins, Vinny Del Negro, Tyronn Lue, Adrian Griffin and Mark Price were also interviewed by Griffin to replace Mike Brown, who was fired following a disappointing 33-49 season and failed to get the team’s young core of players to fully buy into his system.
Gilbert also pursued Kentucky coach John Calipari, who signed a contract extension with the school earlier this year.
Blatt becomes the Cavaliers third coach in as many years.
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