The Cavs are widely, widely expected to hire someone like these men. For instance, the organization has for years invested in an analytics operation, but neither Tyronn Lue nor Drew based many (if any) of their decisions on the data they were provided. This is going to change in Cleveland.
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Altman is going to make remarks and take questions from reporters Friday for the first time in a long time. He is expected to push back on the idea that the Cavs’ search began months ago and argue that no search was done in part out of respect for Drew, who was promoted to finish out the season when Lue was fired after an 0-6 start. Four league sources, none of them Altman, said the Cavs were conducting research on potential candidates, and the work stretched back to last season, when it looked like Cleveland could lose to Indiana in the first round and firing Lue was a possibility.
Drew is highly respected throughout the league and by the Cavaliers’ players, but his position has yet to be clearly defined. He told me he thinks of himself as a substitute teacher for now. Is he going to get a new contract with a salary befitting a head coach? What about a long-term commitment for him to be in that role? If not, he spoke of moving back to his old job as assistant to the head coach, while the team brings in a new leader.
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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“I would love him to be the coach,” Love said of Drew, who is currently the team’s “voice” while the Cavaliers transition from the Tyronn Lue era. “Everybody knows how I feel about LD, especially after last year’s little run we had. We felt that definitely helped, especially having another huge voice on the bench. Having him step in would be great.”
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.
Indeed, Larry Drew, Mike Longabardi, Jim Boylan, James Posey, Phil Handy, and Vitaly Potapenko are all coming back to Lue’s bench. Former Cavs guard and LeBron James’ friend Damon Jones is also joining as an assistant, replacing Bret Brielmaier, who as previously reported got a promotion when he joined Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson’s staff.
Cavs general manager David Griffin was working last week to finish the contracts of not only Lue’s assistants, but many of his own support staff in the front office. Lue’s assistants ran the Cavs’ summer league team in Las Vegas 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 helping to deliver the Cleveland Cavaliers an NBA championship, head coach Ty Lue has agreed to a five-year, $35 million contract extension, league sources told The Vertical. The agreement was reached on Monday and a formal announcement is expected in the next 24 hours, league sources told The Vertical.
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue has agreed to a five-year, $35M extension, league sources tell @The Vertical.
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.
According to a source close to Lue, he fully expects to be the head coach of the Cavs next season and beyond, no matter what happens with his team the remainder of the postseason.
The source also said Lue currently has no interest in any of the current head-coaching vacancies around the league in Houston, New York, Sacramento or the Los Angeles Lakers, the franchise he started his career with as a rookie point guard in 1998-99.
The Cavs are on the same page, a separate source told ESPN.com, fully intending to honor their verbal agreement by finalizing a contract for Lue this summer that will keep him as Cleveland’s coach.
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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Complicating matters with that caveat of right now, of course, is the reality that the Sixers also do not appear close to a trade they are willing to go through with that gives Simmons his desired fresh start. More than two months after posting one of my Tuesday newsletter extravaganzas on Substack for the first time on July 13 — also a breakdown, on that occasion, of the latest on the Simmons front — Philadelphia looks no closer to a trade to bring an end to this stalemate.
Weeks of Philadelphia’s Simmons talks with various teams haven’t brought the Sixers to the brink of a deal, largely because Morey is the one faced with trying to get commensurate value for his All-Star and still asking for so much in return in his determination to recoup a trade package that, as one source put it, keeps Philadelphia in title contention. History, however, says that Philadelphia’s president of basketball operations shouldn’t count on getting a glittering package back when a deal finally materializes — his own history.
I reported Monday that the Sixers don’t expect Simmons to show and are resigned to try to keep working behind the scenes to try to convince him to reconsider that stance. After I published that, another source close to the situation told me: “Right now, I don’t see a scenario where Ben is back in Philly.” The source meant it with permanence. As in: Simmons’ career with the Sixers, to the source, is over.
I was told very clearly that the Sixers do not liken these circumstances to Al Horford’s last season in Oklahoma City or John Wall’s in Houston. As the start of training camp draws near, Philadelphia has shown zero interest to date in striking the sort of mutual agreement that Wall and the Rockets just hatched to shelve the former All-Star point guard.