One interesting name being discussed by executives as a…

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One interesting name being discussed by executives as a possible future coach in Cleveland is Avery Johnson. For years, owner Dan Gilbert has been interested in reaching into the college ranks to get a big-name coach, and he has made offers to Tom Izzo, Bill Self and John Calipari. Johnson, in his fourth year at Alabama, isn’t in that same category but has plenty of NBA experience. More importantly, he has a strong connection to Cavs rookie Collin Sexton, who played for Johnson last year.

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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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