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Search continues for next Cavaliers coach

06/14/2014, 1:24am EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLEVELAND — More than one month after firing Mike Brown, the Cavaliers still haven't found his replacement.

However, they could be close.

The team had second interviews with Los Angeles Clippers associate head coach Alvin Gentry and assistant Tyronn Lue on Friday, meetings that were expected to include Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. Gentry and Lue are among at least a dozen candidates contacted by the club since Brown was fired on May 12 following a 33-49 season, ending his second stint with the club.

While Gentry and Lue appear to be the co-favorites to become Cleveland's third coach in three years, neither of them has been offered the job, and the Cavs' search will extend into next week.

Cleveland has scheduled an interview with former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt, who announced Thursday he was resigning from his job with the European champion to take a coaching job in the NBA. Blatt did not specify which team he was joining, but said he has not been offered the Cavs' position. Blatt also has been approached by Golden State to be an assistant under new coach Steve Kerr.

The 55-year-old Blatt was first contacted by the Cavs last week, but he has known new Cleveland general manager David Griffin for several years. Blatt is considered an offensive mastermind, and he's been on the radar of several NBA teams. He acknowledged his interest in returning to the U.S. — he was born in Massachusetts and played at Princeton — while leading Russia to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

Blatt said he was leaving Maccabi to "follow my dream." He led the club to a stunning upset over Real Madrid in the European Championships, a victory that touched off massive celebrations in Israel. If the Cavs decide to hire him, Cleveland fans would probably not have the same reaction because Blatt is unknown outside hoops circles and he'd be an unconventional choice.

Earlier this week, the team met with Charlotte assistant Mark Price, a four-time All-Star point guard in Cleveland who remains one of the most beloved players in franchise history. Former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins, Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin, former Chicago coach Vinny Del Negro also had interviews with the club, but it's not known if any of them will get a second look. The club owns the No. 1 pick in this month's draft.

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