A source reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers contacted Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt about its coaching vacancy, and pay per head sportsbooks believe that he could prove to be the perfect addition to the team.
Price per head services learned that Blatt, an offensive coach who helped Russia clinch a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, is one of various candidates who the Cavaliers spoke to, according to the source, who on Friday spoke on condition of anonymity. The source said that Blatt did not yet have a formal interview.
The Cavaliers are doing their best to replace Mike Brown, who was fired on May 12, putting an end to his second spell with the team. Pay per head sportsbooks saw that the team underachieved under Brown, going 33-49 and not making it to the playoffs.
Pay per head sportsbooks were very impressed to see that Blatt, who was born in the US, recently led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the European championship. With a roster that included seven former U.S. college players, they beat in the semifinals a heavily favored CSKA Moscow, and Real Madrid for the title, sparking a jubilant celebration in Tel Aviv.
Golden State, New York, and Minnesota also had interest in Blatt as an assistant coach.
The Cavaliers are not saying anything during their search, but pay per head sportsbooks found out that they already interviewed former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins, former Clippers and Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro, Chicago assistant Adrian Griffin, and Clippers assistants Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue. The team also reached out to other candidates.
It is believed that none of the candidates were interviewed again.
Blatt was a point guard at Princeton under Pete Carril, whose complex offense was copied for years by coaches. Pay per head sportsbooks know that he played pro in Israel before starting his career as a coach. He coached in Russia for several years before taking over Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2010.
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Pay per head sportsbooks remember very well when in 2006, Blatt took over Russia’s struggling national team, and he turned around the country’s program, leading the team to the European championship in 2007. At the London Games, Russia went 4-1 in pool play before they were beaten in the semifinals by Spain.