Woj: David Blatt Out As Cavaliers Head Coach; Tyronn Lue To Take Over
Tyronn Lue will takeover as head coach and league sources told Wojnarowski that he has signed a multi-year deal.
Blatt took over as head coach before the 2014-2015 NBA season. He led the Cavaliers to a 53-29 in his first year, winning the Central Division in LeBron James' first year back in Cleveland since departing for Miami in 2010. The Cavaliers stand atop the Eastern Conference at 30-11, but recently came off a blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors.
"Since last season, LeBron James and his agent Rich Paul have been strong advocates of Lue becoming head coach, league sources tell Yahoo." Wojnarowski tweeted soon after breaking the news.
Blatt was often criticized during his short tenure, notably for his inexperience in the NBA, but still helped lead the Cavaliers to the 2015 NBA Finals. They lost the series 4-2 to the Warriors.
Blatt coached in the Euroleague for several years, which culminated in a league title with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2014. He was named a four-time Israeli League Coach of the Year.
Since retiring after the 2009 season, Lue has been an NBA assistant. He spent 2009-2014 with the Boston Celtics and Los Angles Clippers before joining Blatt's staff in Cleveland last season.
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