REPORT: Cavs hire Jazz assistant Antonio Lang
According to Tony Jones of The Athletic, Lang has already accepted the job and he will be in the second assistant chair on the bench next season. The move came just a year after he was also promoted as an assistant coach in Utah after then-assistant Igor Kokoskov agreed to coach the Phoenix Suns.
It will also be some sort of a homecoming for Lang, as he is quite familiar with Cleveland. During his playing years, the Duke product played three seasons with the Cavs. He also had stints with the Suns, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors.
Lang will be joining a new-look coaching staff of Cleveland next season. The Cavs parted ways with Tyronn Lue early last season and also moved on from interim coach Larry Drew after the end of the 2018-19 campaign. They then hired Michigan coach John Beilein to become their next head coach.
Cleveland then added former Memphis Grizzlies head coach JB Bickerstaff as the team’s associate head coach. They also made history when they signed University of California Berkeley women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gotlieb as an assistant coach — becoming the first women’s college head coach to become a part of an NBA staff.