HoopsHype Maccabi Tel Aviv rumors

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I watched the press conference you held after you guys won the Euroleague this year. You said something that surprised me: that the team you beat in the final game, Real Madrid, would have beaten you in a longer series. Do you think NBA playoff series should be shorter, so that there would be more upsets? No. I think the seven-game series is great. I love the history of it. I love the tradition of it. [John] Havlicek stole the ball in the seventh game, man! He didn’t even steal it, either. He deflected it. And Johnny Most goes crazy: “Havlicek stole the ball! Havlicek stole the ball!” But that’s the beauty of it. It’s a moment that’s frozen in time, and it can’t be in the fifth game. It has to be in the seventh game. Now, in Europe, the final four is how you determine the Euroleague champion. And that’s fine. And what I said was true. The teams we beat in the final four were much stronger than us on paper. If we had to play them in a seven-game series, I don’t believe we would have won. Grantland

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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. Haaretz

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After winning the Euroleague, coach David Blatt is a hot commodity, and it’s not a secret that CSKA Moscow has already approached him. Still, Blatt has openly said that he doesn’t exclude staying at Tel Aviv, provided he gets the “right offer” from Maccabi. The negotiations between the two sides have started, however according to Eurohoops sources, the gap between them is pretty wide at this point. Maccabi is offering a two years extension until the summer of 2017 and 800.000 dollars per season – Blatt has a contract for next season, but also a modest buy out clause – while the coach wants a four years extension (until 2019) and a million dollars per season. EuroHoops.net

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In the hours after Maccabi Tel Aviv stunned Real Madrid for the Euroleague basketball championship, Maccabi coach David Blatt told USA TODAY Sports in an e-mail he is "very interested" in a head coaching job in the NBA. "No doubt in my mind I could do the job," he said. The American-born 54-year-old, who played at Princeton for Pete Carril, has spent his entire career overseas, coaching in pro leagues in Israel, Russia, Italy, Turkey and Greece. Blatt also coached the Russian national team to the 2007 Eurobasket championship, 2011 Eurobasket bronze medal and 2012 London Olympics bronze medal. USA Today Sports

Blatt's e-mail indicated he hasn't had the opportunity yet. "Obviously someone has to want you," Blatt wrote. "A lot of great coaches in the States." USA Today Sports

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Vujcic, 35, a member of the Euroleague's All-Decade Team from 2001 to 2010, was considered one of the elite big men outside the NBA. In a recent interview with Eurobasket, Vujcic approached the reasons behind passing on numerous offers to play in the United States and wishes he could turn back the clock. "After winning the Euroleague with Maccabi Tel Aviv for the first time, I had a few NBA offers but none made me leave Israel," said Vujcic, who won two Euroleague titles, five Israeli Championships and four State Cups for Maccabi. "Toronto Raptors offered me a three-year guaranteed deal - and for better money - but I had just won the Euroleague, our team was keeping a core group of guys and we were favorites to win back-to-back. There was no way I was giving that up for Toronto," he added. Eurobasket.com

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And if the owners are looking for someone “exotic,” they could go with Boston-born David Blatt, who is currently head coach of the Israeli pro team Maccabi Tel Aviv, or Italy’s Ettore Messina, currently coaching CSKA in Moscow and considered one of the top coaches in Europe. “There are five or six ‘names’ like Lionel Hollins and George Karl and Alvin Gentry and Scott Skiles,” a league source said. “Then you look at the younger guys — and there aren’t a lot of them that are hot names right now.” Boston Globe

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Maccabi Tel Aviv is targeting Charles Jenkins. The free agent point guard wants to explore his options in the NBA before considering playing in Europe One.co.il

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