The Cleveland Cavaliers are in negotiations tonight with David Blatt to become the team's new head coach
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers are in negotiations tonight with David Blatt to become the team's new head coach.
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and David Griffin, the Cavs General Manager, have reportedly offered the job to Blatt after he interviewed with the team in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Negotiations have been going on throughout Thursday evening.
Blatt has spent all of his coaching career in Europe and Israel. He was the coach of the Russian Olympic basketball team that won a bronze medal in 2012.
He coached the Maccabi Tel Aviv team this past year to a European Championship. He resigned that job after the season to take a run at living out a lifelong dream of coaching in the NBA.
He had a standing offer to become an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors on the staff of Steve Kerr. Blatt postponed a decision on that job so he could interview with the Cavaliers for their head coaching position.
Blatt is 55 years old and was a college basketball player at Princeton. He learned his style of basketball from his coach while at Princeton Pete Carril.
He is known as an offensive coach, who demands a great deal from his team. He is a vocal, flamboyant coach on the sideline during games. The Cavaliers have been looking for this style of coach after firing Mike Brown at the end of the 2013-2014 season.