According to a person familiar with the inner workings of the team, Karl hasn’t just irritated the players — playing Rajon Rondo 48 minutes on Monday night, for example — but also, the front office. Divac has a reputation as someone who can bring people together, but if he can get Karl and Cousins to co-exist at this point, he should win executive of the year (even though his 2015 offseason didn’t go quite as planned).
A person familiar with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ search says the team has contacted Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt about their coaching job. The highly regarded Blatt coached Russia to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. He is one of several candidates to speak with the Cavs, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because of the sensitivity of the situation. Blatt has not had a formal interview, the person said.