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Now that the Cavaliers fired Coach Ty Lue, the question on everyone’s mind is who will be the next coach for the team. Owner Dan Gilbert and GM Koby Altman will have a plethora of options to choose from. Here are five options for them, please make sure you click through to see all possibilities.
The former NBA small forward started his coaching career in 2013 when he was hired as an assistant for the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers’ G-League affiliate. After a season as an assistant with the Charge, he was brought on to the Cavaliers as an assistant and has been with the team since. Much like Larry Drew, he knows the players on the team. As many teams are going for younger coaches like Luke Walton and Fred Hoiberg, James Posey is an intriguing option.
Rick Pitino is an interesting name that has been talked about in reference to the Cavaliers job. He is currently not coaching and recently hired an agent in hopes of drumming up some interest from NBA teams. Pitino has experience coaching in college and in the NBA which can be very beneficial to the current Cavaliers roster. He can help develop young players like Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman which would make Pitino a very attractive option. Also, he has had many former players and assistant coaches who have gone on to get head coaching jobs which shows that he will be able to hire good assistant coaches.
One of Pitino’s former players who became a head coach is Mark Jackson. Jackson played in the NBA from 1987 – 2004 and had a coaching stint with the Golden State Warriors from 2011 – 2014. He is currently working for ESPN/ABC as a game analyst. While with the Warriors he cultivated a great relationship with Steph Curry and showed great loyalty to his assistant coaches. While Jackson’s name has been bandied about there is a question if he wants to coach again. If he does, he would have a good young core to build up.
Mark Price might be the most exciting possibility for Cavaliers fans. Price spent most of his career as the point guard for the Cavaliers and is still beloved by the fans. Making Price the new coach would be a lot like what the Minnesota Twins did when they hired manager Paul Molitor, except that Price has previous coaching experience. He has coached at the high school, college and NBA Level, in most cases as an assistant, including his current position as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets. This would cause a lot of excitement and help the Cavaliers sell tickets but more importantly, as he had been a shooting consultant at points in his career, he can help rookie Collin Sexton become a more consistent shooter.
The advantage to Larry Drew is that he is currently in the role, sort of. He has taken over for Lue, but does not want the title “Interim Head Coach.” Understandably, he is looking for a commitment from the team which they are not ready to do. As they look into other options they may decide he is their man and gives him the position and money he is looking for. Another advantage to Drew being the next coach is that he has been with the Cavaliers since 2014 and he knows the players on the team very well.
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