NBA Rumor: John Beilein Hot Seat

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John Beilein: “This was a very difficult decision for me, but I want to be clear – this was my decision to step down and I truly appreciate the understanding and support of the front office during this time. I find losing very challenging and this year has taken a much bigger toll on me than I expected. I grew concerned for the consequences this toll could potentially take on my own health and my family’s well-being down the road. I was not certain I could be at my best for the remainder of the season and in the future. That would not be fair to the players, coaches and support staff.”

While the extended break was supposed to bring clarity about his immediate future, Beilein hasn’t made a firm decision yet. Numerous members of the Cavaliers’ front office and coaching staff are away from Cleveland, on planned vacations, trying to regroup before the final stretch. The plan, as of now, is to reconvene on Wednesday, but primary decision-makers have been in touch with Beilein and are working through options. If Beilein remains through the 2019-20 season, which is looking unlikely, he is expected to be one-and-done in the NBA, sources say.

John Beilein done with Cavs?

Cavaliers coach John Beilein is not expected to remain as head coach beyond the end of the season, league and team sources have told The Athletic. The terms of the separation, and the exact timing of it, are not yet known, but momentum is building toward his exit. Several factors have come into play around the Cavaliers and Beilein in regard to his job position leading to the potential end of his tenure before the end of the five-year contract he signed in May — including the team’s on- and off-court struggles and the personal toll his son’s resignation at Niagara in October has taken on him — league sources said.

The Cavs’ next coach will be their sixth in the last seven seasons. If a move happens before the end of this season, they would presumably promote associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to replace Beilein. He would also be a strong candidate to take over as the next permanent head coach. Bickerstaff spent time as interim head coach in Houston before he was the Memphis Grizzlies’ head coach for two years. His firing from Memphis prior to this season was a surprise around the league. His father, Bernie, is still a member of the Cavs’ organization.

John Beilein will remain as the Cavaliers’ head coach after he apologized to the team prior to shootaround on Thursday for a remark he made during Wednesday’s film session. “Met about it today, I apologized about it today as well,” Beilein said before taking questions Thursday. “I never intended, and I think the players understand that now. But it’s something I have to learn from and just enunciate better and be clearer with what my intentions were. So, they all know it, they understand it. But it’s something, it’s unfortunate, we’ll get behind us without question.”

“Whatever happened, happened yesterday,” Thompson said. “We dealt with it in house, and at the end of the day, like I told you guys before, I don’t really do that Chatty Patty stuff. So, you guys have your reports, you guys do what you guys have to do for your job to get the information. At the end of the day, it was about Detroit tonight and guys stayed focused. You’re going to have bumps in the road, at the end of the day we kept our composure and focus, so we were able to get a win tonight. I don’t want this interview or nothing like that to take away from how hard the guys played tonight. I’m proud of my teammates.”
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