HoopsHype Dan Gilbert rumors

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Now the 55-year-old Princeton grad is the Cavs’ head man and the first coach to make the jump from the Euroleague to the NBA, after about a dozen coaches interviewed or were contacted about the post, and not one felt it was worth it to get involved with Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert. His deal is for four years and could be worth as much as $20 million. “Wait till Blatt gets lectured and scolded by Gilbert,” said one source, citing the owner’s management style. “But wait till Gilbert finds out that Blatt will yell right back.” New York Daily News

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Nevertheless, Blatt will fly to the United States to meet with Cavaliers officials about the job. Cleveland has narrowed its known field to three candidates, including Los Angeles Clippers assistant coaches Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue, but owner Dan Gilbert has continued to pursue high-profile college candidates in a far less public, far more clandestine process, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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Earlier Monday, Yahoo Sports reported that Gilbert had offered Kentucky coach John Calipari a seven-year, $60 million deal to serve as president and coach of the team. ESPN put the numbers at $80 million for 10 years. Calipari turned the offer down and signed a seven-year, $52 million deal with Kentucky. Gilbert declined to address the report saying, "It does the franchise no benefit by commenting on coaching search rumors.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

June 9, 2014 Updates

None of the candidates has met with owner Dan Gilbert, and none has a second interview scheduled as of Monday evening, a source said, though Yahoo reported that Gentry and Lue would be interviewed again. The Associated Press also reported Gentry would have a second interview. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Before finalizing a contract extension with the University of Kentucky late last week, John Calipari had gone deep in discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a seven-year, $60 million-plus contract to become president and coach, sources told Yahoo Sports. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had been persistent in his pursuit and kept returning to Calipari in an effort to deliver full control of basketball operations, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

June 7, 2014 Updates

It's possible the Cavs will hire a rookie head coach, but I wouldn't bet on it. The mandate for new General Manager David Griffin is to make a serious playoff run. A safe guess is that he'll pick between Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins and Vinny Del Negro -- three established coaches. There will be another round of interviews for the three veterans and some others in the next week or so, these with owner Dan Gilbert. The Cavs want to have a coach in place for the June 26th draft. Cleveland Plain Dealer

June 2, 2014 Updates

It's unclear if these five candidates make up the pool from which the Cavs will select their next head coach. None of the five are believed to have met with owner Dan Gilbert yet, so a second round of interviews could take place before a decision. It's also unclear if the team plans to have a coach in place by the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26. Cleveland Plain Dealer

May 25, 2014 Updates

"Dan Gilbert has some selfish interests for saying what he said," Van Gundy said on 105.1 FM in Detroit. "I think we know what those are. Finally I think he has enough to worry about with his own team than worrying about us." FOXSports.com

May 24, 2014 Updates

Stan Van Gundy has some advice for Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert: worry about your own team. After Gilbert said in a radio interview that the Pistons should remove "Detroit" from its name because they play in Auburn Hills, Van Gundy fired back at the Detroit native. "Dan Gilbert has some selfish interests for saying what he said," Van Gundy said on 105.1 FM in Detroit. "I think we know what those are. Finally I think he has enough to worry about with his own team than worrying about us." 6ABC.com

May 12, 2014 Updates

“This is a very tough business. It pains all of us here that we needed to make the difficult decision of releasing Mike Brown. Mike worked hard over this last season to move our team in the right direction. Although, there was some progress from our finish over the few prior seasons, we believe we need to head in a different direction. We wish Mike and his family nothing but the best,” said Gilbert. NBA.com

“Our ownership group is looking forward to David Griffin leading the basketball side of our business. We interviewed several strong candidates for the GM position including Griff. We chose David as our GM because we believe he is the best person to lead our franchise at this critical time and into the future. David brings over two decades of experience. He knows the ins and outs of this league as well as anyone and is also an outstanding talent evaluator. More importantly, he is a General Manager who is aligned with our culture and philosophy which is the foundation of how we do business. David is not only passionate about his own job but also cares deeply about the success of everyone around him. His presence alone creates an infectious positive environment with players, coaches, front office people and even our fan base. We already saw some progress in the short time David led our basketball side in the latter part of this past season. Clearly, we have substantial work ahead of us and I am confident that Griff will play an essential part of the growth and success of our organization,” said Dan Gilbert, Majority Owner of the Cavaliers. NBA.com

April 25, 2014 Updates

George Karl has never met Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, but if Gilbert is looking for a prominent NBA veteran with ties to Cleveland to head up his franchise as president, Karl would love to be on the short list. The popular ESPN commentator, who has a 1,131-756 record -- and a 59.9 winning percentage -- in 25 NBA seasons, including two in Cleveland, has watched former coaching colleagues Phil Jackson and Flip Saunders become presidents of the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves, respectively, and the possibility of following in their footsteps intrigues him. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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