Cleveland will be very patient with coaching search
The Cleveland Cavaliers parted ways with Larry Drew as their head coach earlier this month, and they don’t seem to be in any rush to find a replacement.
According to Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers have met with two head-coaching candidates so far: Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Jamahl Mosley and Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard.
However, Cleveland does not have meetings scheduled with any candidate beyond beyond Mosley and Howard. At least not yet, anyway.
Fedor notes that general manager Koby Altman has said that he wants to take his time with the process so the organization finds the very best person for the job.
In addition, Altman also wants to be respectful to candidates whose teams are in the playoffs, like Utah Jazz assistant Alex Jensen, Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool, Denver Nuggets assistants Jordi Fernandez and Wes Unseld Jr., and Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham.
So, basically, once the playoffs end, the Cavaliers’ search will likely expand, and it’s not like Cleveland needs to be in any hurry to begin with. The Cavs have a long offseason ahead of them, so they have plenty of time to find their head coach.
The Cavaliers are coming off a 2018-19 campaign in which they won just 19 games and went through two coaches, as they fired Tyronn Lue after an 0-6 start.
Cleveland is clearly in rebuilding mode and has a long way to go before it can begin to become competitive again, but with young players such as Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman, the Cavs seem to be trending in the right direction.