The Cavaliers and David Blatt are reportedly in negotiations to finalize a contract to make him the next head coach of the Cavs.
YahooSports.com’s Adrian Wojarnowski was first to report that Blatt was offered the job.
My sources tell me it was a tough decision for the Cavs front office to choose between Blatt, the highly successful and respected European head coach and Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue. So tough, that when the Cavs told Lue by phone that the job was Blatt’s, they then offered Lue an associate head coaching position with the Cavs. Lue however is leaning towards turning it down to stay with the Clippers. I reached out to the Cavaliers to confirm this, but did not hear back from them at the time this story was written.
Even though Lue played 11 years in the NBA and has been a Doc Rivers assistant with both the Celtics and Clippers, what reportedly worked against Lue was that he had no head coaching experience at any level.
If the Cavs and Blatt do reach an agreement, he’ll be the Cavs third head coach in the last three years, following Mike Brown and Byron Scott.
The Cavs have yet to officially confirm or deny the numerous Blatt reports.