Chris Fedor: #Cavs are paying Larry Drew around $1 mill…

Chris Fedor: #Cavs are paying Larry Drew around $1 million. His actual title is associate head coach. The HC is no longer here. His responsibility includes, but is not limited to, stepping in when something happens to head coach — whether it’s illness, injury or, well, anything else really

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In the final year of a lucrative contract that pays him nearly $1 million, Drew wants more money and some security before taking on the bigger role full time. He even revealed that general manager Koby Altman mentioned to his agent, Andy Miller, that the Cavs may be willing to bring in a new head coach from outside.
Windhorst continued. “Part of this situation is Larry Drew has been screwed over in the past,” he said. “He was the coach of a team, the Bucks, and they traded for Jason Kidd to be their new coach. They pulled him into a meeting and said, by the way Larry, we’re going to have to fire you. I don’t blame Larry Drew for one second. “Secondly, there’s a history here that (team owner) Dan Gilbert, when it matters, will write the check. He’ll say he doesn’t want to write the check, but at the end of the day, whether it’s trades at the trading deadline, or coaches or whatever, he always writes the check. Larry Drew and his agent are very well aware of this.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is returning all but one of his assistants from his rookie year, when he directed Cleveland to its first NBA championship. Lue signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the Cavs last month, which enabled the front office to proceed with the business of signing most of Lue's assistants – who were also without contracts.
The 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and Head Coach Tyronn Lue have agreed on a new, multi-year contract, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.
“Ty took over our team under very trying circumstances and his calm, confident approach was invaluable as we found our way to success,” said Griffin. “His vision, leadership and tactical acumen were fundamental to us reaching our goals. We couldn’t be happier to have Ty continue to lead our group into the future.”
“The opportunity to continue coaching the Cavaliers and this very special group of players is tremendous,” said Lue. “I am extremely appreciative of the effort and commitment that Dan Gilbert, Jeff Cohen, Nate Forbes, and David Griffin showed in extending my contract. Cleveland fans are the best in sports and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this very special community. I am focused on helping this organization continue to grow and look forward to more success for our team and our fans.”
After his promotion to head coach following David Blatt's firing in January, Lue gambled on himself and decided against signing a shorter, less lucrative deal as Cavaliers coach – never signing a three-year, $9.5 million contract framework. Lue's decision turned out to be prophetic, because the Cavaliers' improbable 3-1 comeback victory in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors allowed for him to become compensated among the NBA's elite head coaches.
Head coach Tyronn Lue and the Cleveland Cavaliers have begun conversations on negotiating a contract extension, league sources informed cleveland.com. Both sides are confident that a pact can be reached relatively soon.
Lue, 39, never signed a new deal when he took over for the fired David Blatt in January, He was working under a four-year, $6.5 million deal as Blatt's top assistant, and essentially bet on himself by not signing the three year, $9.5 million deal etched out for him to be the head coach by the team and his representatives.
As the Cavaliers prepare to face the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the playoffs, head coach Tyronn Lue continues to guide the team without having signed a new contract since taking over for David Blatt, multiple sources said this week.
Lue, 38, was promoted from associate head coach to Blatt's successor on Jan. 22, with Cleveland general manager David Griffin parting ways with Blatt despite the team's conference-best 30-11 record at the time. Even without a new contract being signed, Lue never had an interim title attached to his position, however.
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.
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Hollinger: I’ve heard a lot of different stuff, but if I had to bet on one outcome, I think it ends with an offer sheet from the Bulls that the Pelicans decide to match after Kyle Lowry signs with the Mavericks. At the end of the day, Ball is both young and good, and having him on a multiyear deal on the same timeline as Zion and Ingram is still New Orleans’ best option. Keeping him also lets them re-sign Hart and use their full mid-level exception — and hopefully build the team in a more organic way than relying on the cap-space fairy to save them.
With Ball’s ties to the Los Angeles area, there will always be speculation about him making a potential return to the West Coast. With Russell Westbrook going to the Lakers, the Clippers are obviously the only team we should focus on here. There have been some rumors about the Clippers having interest in Ball to fill their hole at point guard. Reggie Jackson was incredible during their playoff run last year, but I’d imagine the Clips have some interest in getting younger and a little more athletic in the backcourt.
Tatum is healthy now and is also coming off his best game in a Team USA uniform, with 27 points and five 3s in a 35-point win over the Czech Republic Saturday night. Tatum was terrible in that exhibition win over Spain (3-of-9 shooting) and in the Olympics-opening loss to France (3-of-9 shooting); he scored 17 but was 2-of-7 from 3 in the 54-point win over Iran. “I don’t know,” Tatum said Saturday night, when asked why he thought he’d gotten off to a slow start. “New environment, new basketball, different style of basketball, the rules are different, playing on a new team, it’s a lot of things. But I was never worried, never concerned. I knew that shots would fall eventually and start to feel good about yourself, and then it’s just basketball.”
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Spain is much closer in that department and has the discipline to run an offense that could exploit some of Team USA’s defensive switches. Unless Tatum is back to his old self, and the Americans we’ve seen in the last two games are the collective pieces of a set that is not going to suffer another setback. Any more of those, and the gold medal chase is over. These games really count now. “Our confidence never wavered,” Tatum said. “We understood that it wasn’t gonna be easy. We didn’t have our full team until four days ago, five days ago, so we knew that we had a lot of challenges ahead of us. And we also know that we would continue to get better every day, we would get better from each game, each practice, just the more time that we spent together, we were never going to be the same team, from day one, that we are now. And hopefully we’re better this time next week than we were today.”
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