David Blatt Rumors
The Cavs declined to say whether or not former coach David Blatt — who was fired in January — or former center Anderson Varejao (traded in February) were getting rings. But Gilbert is obviously in a mood to be inclusive. Varejao, who played for the Warriors against the Cavs in the Finals, told reporters out West the Cavs had offered him a ring. Anderson, who played for Cleveland from 2004-16, said he was unsure if he would accept.
David Blatt is getting one more parting gift from the Cavaliers: a championship ring. Blatt was fired at the midpoint of the Cavs’ championship season, but the team has ordered a ring for him, too, multiple sources confirmed to the Beacon Journal. He is now the head coach of Darüsşafaka Doğuş in Turkey.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Knicks offered Mindaugas Kuzminskas a two-year $6 million deal, source said. He should be en route to US. Source: Mindaugas Kuzminskas left Ataturk airport three hours before bomb attack. Killed his deal with David Blatt’s team.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: NBA forward James Anderson reached long-term agreement to play for David Blatt, Darussafaka.
Dan Gilbert received a letter from Zionist Union MK Nachman Shai Tuesday asking him to give a championship ring to former Cavaliers coach David Blatt. Shai, who has met Gilbert in the past, wrote the letter as the head of the Knesset caucuses on US-Israel Relations and Strengthening the Jewish World. “I want to wish you mazal tov on your success in bringing a long-awaited championship to the great city of Cleveland and its wonderful people,” Shai wrote. “We in Israel were proud of the achievements of one of our own, David Blatt, when you appointed him as the head coach of your team, and we of course, were sorry to see him go. Nevertheless, Israelis remain strong supporters of the Cavaliers, as do their many Jewish fans in Cleveland’s strong Jewish community.”
“It was a ballsy move in the middle of the season when we’re 31-11,” Gilbert said. “It’s just, for this team, at that point, it was David Griffin who made the call, and we backed it. That’s the thing, if you’re going to believe in your general manager, you either believe in him, or you don’t. If you believe in him, then you gotta back it, because if you don’t, he’ll start changing his behavior. He’ll start acting differently.” It was a difficult move for Gilbert to make. Gilbert, who is Jewish, had been a supporter of Blatt and had taken pride in bringing the Israeli coach to the NBA and giving him a chance to succeed. When Blatt was hired, it was front-page news in Israel. But, says Gilbert: “You have to separate religion. David Blatt, no matter what he does, he’s going to be looked at in the history books as one of the most successful coaches, across many different countries and leagues.”