Cavaliers hire David Blatt as coach

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

David Blatt has reporedly been hired as the new coach of the Cavaliers.  (USATSI)
David Blatt has been hired as the new coach of the Cavaliers. (USATSI)

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Update 9:44 p.m. ET: The Cavs have officially named Blatt as head coach of the Cavaliers ,via a press release. Ken Berger has more on the details of the deal.

Update 1:32 p.m. June 20: The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Blatt has reached an agreement to become coach of the Cavaliers.

David Blatt is in negotiations with the Cavaliers to become the next coach in Cleveland, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger confirms.

ESPN first reported that the Cavaliers have offered their coaching position to David Blatt, coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel and a longtime Euroleague coach.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have offered their head-coaching job to David Blatt and the two sides are in contract talks, sources confirmed to ESPN.com.

Blatt met with Cavs officials and team owner Dan Gilbert over the past two days and was offered the job on Thursday night. Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue was the other finalist for the job, sources said, after a protracted search to replace Mike Brown that lasted nearly two months and included numerous candidates.

via Cleveland Cavaliers offer head coaching job to David Blatt - ESPN.

Blatt took the lead Thursday and was considered the "front-runner" Thursday afternoon. ESPN reports this could end the Cavaliers' pursuit of LeBron James.

Meanwhile, Yahoo Sports reports that the Cavs are trying to convince Tyronn Lue, who was the other leading candidate for the job, to take the head assistant position, which is a little weird.

Yeah, I would imagine there's little chance of it. Lue has worked under Doc Rivers for more than a half-decade and will have other chances at a head coaching position.

For the Cavs, it's... an interesting hire. I'll say this, it's very Cavaliers. Outside the box. Unconventional. Bold, even. Let's see if it pays off, Cotton.

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