The Cleveland Cavaliers have narrowed their head-coaching search to two final candidates, Tyronn Lue and David Blatt according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst:
The team was in the final stages of researching both candidates on Thursday as they were believed to be in final preparations before making an offer.
Lue, 37, has interviewed several times with the Cavs over the last month and recently met with team owner Dan Gilbert for an extended session, sources said.
Lue has spent his last four seasons with Los Angeles Clippers head coach and team president Doc Rivers. He was also on Rivers’ staff three of those four years with the Boston Celtics.
The Cavaliers are a fairly young team with another No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft. They seem to favor Lue due to his experience in developing young players and for his experience as a point guard in the NBA. Perhaps Lue can create a bond with star point guard Kyrie Irving, while implementing a strategy for Irving and guard Dion Waiters to work together – something that’s been a challenge in recent seasons.
If Lue secures the Cavaliers head coaching position, he would’ve beat out not only Blatt, but Lionel Hollins, Alvin Gentry and Vinny Del Negro for the job. It would be Lue’s first shot at a head coaching position, and a refreshing hire after a trend of players being moved into head coaching positions merely months after retiring.
A decision should be made shortly.