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Report: David Blatt in talks to become Warriors assistant coach

By James Herbert | NBA writer

David Blatt is reportedly in discussions to join Steve Kerr's staff.
David Blatt is reportedly in discussions to join Steve Kerr's staff. (USATSI)

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Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach David Blatt is in talks to become Steve Kerr's lead assistant with the Golden State Warriors, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Blatt's hiring would be an immense coup for Kerr, who could lean on the European coaching icon to transform what had been an underachieving and uncreative offense under former coach Mark Jackson.

Blatt is engaged in talks to join Kerr's staff as the top assistant coach, a move that Blatt had been reluctant to make in past years. Blatt has always been intrigued with coaching in the NBA, but had hoped he could make the transition from Europe into a head coaching job. Blatt has turned down NBA assistant jobs in the past.

As one major college coach who has studied Blatt's offense this spring told Yahoo Sports recently, "I am not sure there is anyone in the U.S. with the kind of creative efficiency or ability to change constantly like David Blatt has. He utilizes what his players do as well as anyone I've ever watched."

Maccabi Tel Aviv won the Euroleague championship this season, and Blatt has long been considered a top offensive mind. Hours after that win, he told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt that he was "very interested" in the NBA, but he was talking about a head-coaching position.

The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to reach out to Blatt to gauge his interest in joining Flip Saunders' staff, according to the Associated Press' Jon Krawczynski. Minnesota might choose an assistant who will be groomed to take over from Saunders eventually.

Kerr also had interest in Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Alvin Gentry, who worked with him in Phoenix, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge. Gentry is also in the mix for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz head-coaching jobs.
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