Adrian Wojnarowski: Blatt is expected to travel to the …

Adrian Wojnarowski: Blatt is expected to travel to the States to meet with New York next week, with Knicks officials planning to meet with Fizdale, Jackson, Stackhouse and possibly Woodson this week, sources said.

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Following this momentous accomplishment which also means that Darussafaka will compete in the EuroLeague next season, head coach David Blatt was asked by Eurohoops if he sees himself sticking around for the upcoming return. “I don’t know”, was the honest answer of coach Blatt who is aiming for an NBA return and he is already linked to the Knicks. After all, he signed with the Cavs after winning the EuroLeague title with Maccabi Tel Aviv back in 2014.
“I had the opportunity to go back to Maccabi Tel Aviv or to go to Khimki Moscow and, ultimately, because of my desire not to commit long-term to anything beyond this coming season, I decided it would be best for me to stay here, and then after this season, reevaluate what I want to do with my career; whether I’m able to find an opportunity in the NBA next year, which was my goal, or whether I will again commit to a different kind of situation next season.
It won’t happen this summer. But Blatt is determined to give himself another chance to return to the NBA. “I have an end game and that end game is that I would really like to go back to the NBA,” Blatt told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. “There were no changes in the NBA this year from a coaching standpoint and my real goal is to try next year to get back into the league as a head coach. It may happen and it may not happen. But I wanted to leave that door open for myself if the opportunity arises.”
Maccabi Tel Aviv made Blatt a lucrative three-year offer earlier this summer. The 58-year-old considered it, but ultimately chose to return to Turkish club Darussafaka for another season. He understood he would be doing both himself and Maccabi an injustice by accepting a long-term project and then leaving after one year. “With my long and very good relationship with Maccabi, I just felt that it wouldn’t be right on my part to take over a program that really needs a long term commitment and overhaul and then after one year, if I decide to, take advantage of an option and leave for the NBA,” explained Blatt.
Blatt also explained that he turned down options to become an assistant coach in the NBA. “I had options like that, more than one, but I didn’t want to. For me , being on the top level in Europe is not a downgrade, in my thinking. I don’t feel it like that”.
David Blatt is back in Europe, as his new club Dogus Darussafaka officially announced. The former Cleveland Cavaliers coach was waiting for the NBA, but with no job openings for head coaches left, he decided to return to Euroleague. According to Eurohoops sources, Blatt will be paid 1,7 m. euros per season in a two years deal, bringing the total of his net salary to 3,4 m. euros not including taxes – which will be paid by the team – and bonuses which are connected with competitive goals.
Blatt, a 2013-14 Euroleague champion, has been lured back to Turkey, agreeing to a lucrative long-term deal with Euroleague returnee Darussafaka Dogus. Negotiations kicked off with Dogus filing a $3.7 million offer sheet till 2018, which Blatt countered with demands of $5 million total. Both sides finalized a two-season, $4 million guaranteed deal, on top of Blatt's $3.3 million earnings next season from the Cavaliers, according to sources from both parties.
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.
“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.”
Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt holds no ill will towards his former team and in fact, believes they are the favorites to win the championship this season. "I think they're playing great," Blatt told on Saturday, shortly before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Cavs and Toronto Raptors. "I think that the players and the coaching staff are doing a terrific job, I really do. And I think the fact that they are healthy and have actually even added a piece or two makes them the team to beat right now, in my opinion. That's really all I want to say."
"I'm very supportive of Ty (Lue), as I am of all of the coaching staff," Blatt told "I had a great relationship with those guys and I value them and I want to see them all do well." Blatt, who was being billed as an "international coach and technical expert" by the clinic organizers, was scheduled to speak from 6:45-8:00 p.m. about in-game adjustments and preparing NBA and international players at Ryerson University -- just about a mile away from the Air Canada Centre where the Cavs and Raptors were tipping off at 8:30 p.m.
As it was expected, after Barcelona and Dogus Darussafaka, David Blatt’s old team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, knocked on his door. According to the Israeli TV channel “Sport5” Maccabi offered to its former coach a multiyear deal in order to return to Israel. However the main question is if Blatt is considering at this point of his career a return to Europe, while he is a candidate to land a head coach job in the NBA.
FC Barcelona is eyeing David Blatt for head coaching job. According to El Mundo Deportivo the Spanish powerhouse contacted the coach asking if he is interested in returning to Europe after his NBA experience.
Though his buddy LeBron James couldn’t stand him, Carmelo Anthony said he likes the idea of hiring former Cavaliers coach David Blatt, according to a person familiar with his thinking. Blatt interviewed with the Knicks two weeks ago and is being considered for the position, despite erroneous reports it served only as a courtesy interview.
Mark Berman: NBA sources confirm the #Rockets are interviewing former Cavaliers Coach David Blatt today. First reported by @Marc Stein
Not surprisingly, Blatt’s former players from Maccabi Tel Aviv said it was a mistake by the Cavaliers to undermine the team structure and not buy into the coach’s teachings. Of course it’s a different dynamic in the NBA, where the players have the money and the power. Rarely will a coach hold more sway than the star. “I can’t imagine that (Blatt) would go in and rub people the wrong way. And if he did, it’s unfortunate because players need to be more responsible for themselves and be grown-ups,” said Blumenthal. “They need to understand there’s a hierarchy with a basketball team. And the coach is pretty high up there. If you want to be a championship team, you have to buy into what the coach is doing.”
In other words, there is nothing on Vogel’s résumé that occurred in any other country than the one that claims to have invented the game and most of the sideshows that go with it. Meanwhile, according to a person close to Blatt, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the current coaching search, Blatt at least came away from his chat with Jackson with the belief that he was a legitimate candidate for the Knicks job.
He pitched himself to Jackson as a defensive-minded coach who, while playing collegiately at Princeton, was reared on the joy of a deliberate, five-man offense and therefore amenable to embracing Jackson’s beloved triangle. He reminded Jackson that he initially went to Cleveland in 2014 to coach a young, undisciplined Cavaliers team, a work in progress. That was before James suddenly returned as the homecoming King, when the Cavs were essentially the Knicks, minus the veteran shotmaking of Carmelo Anthony.
Sam Amick: Kings interviewing David Blatt in Sacramento today, I'm told. That meeting 1st reported by @Marc Stein. Another Sacto tidbit...
The Sacramento Kings will interview former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt for their head-coaching vacancy early this week, according to league sources. Sources told that Blatt will become the latest in a string of recent head coaches to interview for the post, with the Kings determined to commission a broad search in their hunt for George Karl's replacement.
Two and half weeks after Phil Jackson began his narrow coaching search, former Cavaliers coach David Blatt “still is in the mix” for the Knicks head job, according to an NBA source.
Blatt has told confidants he has a shot, though Rambis remains a front-runner. Luke Walton, Jackson’s preferred choice, is off the board. As expected, he took his dream job with the Lakers. Once the Lakers fired Byron Scott last week, Jackson knew the Knicks went from long shot to no shot.
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.”
Former Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who has been holed up in Atlanta, has told confidants he believes there’s “some interest” from the Knicks in him for their head-coaching job. The Post reported in Tuesday’s paper that the Israeli coaching legend is expected to get an interview, partly based on his close friendship with Knicks general manager Steve Mills, but also because of his history of “adaptability,’’ after having coached all over the globe.
Blatt and Mills shared the backcourt at Princeton in the late 1970s and employed the famous Princeton offense. “He’d be absolutely willing to run the triangle,’’ the NBA personnel director said. “There’s not great similarities between the two, but it is in the fundamental notion of ball movement, taking what the defense gives you.”
Many league front-office types believe Blatt got a raw deal and was in a tough spot as a first-year NBA coach, paired with James. One NBA scout said: “All indications were he is an excellent coach. He got a bad break in Cleveland.” The scout then quipped, “But it would probably squash any hope of LeBron coming as a free agent.’’
It’s unclear who the Nets’ other candidates are, with no formal interviews believed to have been conducted. But Marks is expected to bring candidates to the same search committee that vetted him: Nets CEO Brett Yormark, ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment president Irina Pavlova, board chairman Dmitry Razumov and Prokhorov confidant Kushchenko. Another likely contender is ex-Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who coached the Russian National Team from 2004-12 and whom Prokhorov knows, nearly hiring him at CSKA in 2008.
A source told The Post Blatt would be a long shot — unless Jackson decides to start passing the torch to GM Steve Mills, who played in the same backcourt at Princeton as the former Cavs coach. Blatt, an Israeli coaching legend, was an usher at Mills’ wedding, and The Post reported last June Mills has brought his name up to owner James Dolan in the past. It would be a neat compromise, if Jackson is to leave after next season as his contract allows.
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