David Blatt Rumors
According to various sources from Turkey and Israel, David Blatt will be the new coach of Turkish team Darussafaka Dogus, a club has already received a wild card in order to participate in next season’s Euroleague for a second consecutive year.
But it was that initial call that changed everything. General Manager David Griffin was on the line. In speaking with numerous sources close to the “The Call,” cleveland.com learned the details. There were no initial pleasantries. Griffin got right to the point — David Blatt was being relieved of his duties. Lue’s response was candid and immediate. “This is f—– up, Griff.”
Lue pleaded with Griffin, arguing for several minutes that firing Blatt was an excessive move for a team carrying a conference-best 30-11 record. Griffin listened to Lue’s pleas. When they ended, he told Lue the decision has already been carried out.
Griffin circled back to his original question. “What’s done is done. I’m asking you if you can lead this team?” It had taken a few minutes, but Griffin got the response he sought. “Yeah, I can f—ing lead this team.”
“I don’t see myself not being a head coach somewhere but you never know,” he said. In 23 years as a coach, Blatt has never taken a full season off. “I’m going to coach next year. I’m not going to sit out. It’s not in my nature. I want to work,” he said. “I’ll be back somewhere. Could be anywhere.”