Los Angeles Clippers assistant coaches Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue will interview with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time this week regarding their vacant head-coaching position, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. This means they will meet with Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert. Gentry's interview is scheduled for Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner.
Ex-Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins and ex-Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro will also meet with Gilbert this week, according to Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer.
It is unclear if there is a leading candidate in this search. The Cavs contacted Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach David Blatt, the Associated Press reported last Friday, and have also been interested in college coaches. They made a huge offer to Kentucky's John Calipari to be president and head coach, according to Yahoo Sports, and also pursued Michigan State's Tom Izzo. They remain in contact with Florida's Billy Donovan, according to Yahoo Sports, but it appears he is unlikely to jump to the NBA.
Cleveland owns the No. 1 pick in this month's draft, and it reportedly intends to offer Kyrie Irving a maximum deal as soon as free agency starts. The Cavaliers have had a rough few years, but there will be a lot of talent on the roster next season. In order to turn this collection of young players into an actual team that can grow together, Cleveland needs to nail this coaching hire.