David Blatt Rumors
Lue’s reasoning for delaying an official agreement was out of respect and deference to Blatt, according to multiple sources. Lue felt indebted to Blatt for the opportunity to be his defensive coordinator and did not want the perception to exist that he was benefiting with a multimillion dollar raise at Blatt’s expense.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue gave former coach David Blatt a strong endorsement one day after reports circulated that the New York Knicks interviewed him to be their coach. “He definitely deserves another chance,” Lue said. “I thought Coach Blatt did a great and phenomenal job here. He taught me a lot. Just being friends with him and getting a chance to understand him was great for me. I know a lot of guys around here, we talked about it the other day, they miss him and his presence. I would just like keep in contact with him. Hopefully, he gets another job in this league because he deserves it.”
Sources say the Lakers also plan to interview former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt and have strong interest in UConn coach Kevin Ollie. Ollie grew up a Lakers fan in Southern California and has strong relationships from his playing days with stars known to interest Los Angeles in free agency this summer and beyond, such as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Jackson could explain to Dolan that Rambis may not look like the most attractive candidate, but that Jackson will work closely with Rambis and will be more involved in the day-to-day operation of the club. Plus, Blatt would be Rambis’ top assistant with head coaching experience. A person close to Blatt believes that scenario is plausible, although Blatt is still holding out hope that he gets a head coaching job. He has been mentioned as a candidate with the Lakers.