Cavs go international for new head coach
The Cleveland Cavaliers reached an agreement with David Blatt to be their new head coach, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue was the other finalist for the job left vacant when Mike Brown was fired in May.
Blatt, 55, recently resigned as coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Blatt was born in Boston and went to college at Princeton, but he has spent his entire playing and coaching career overseas. He has had a successful 20-year coaching career in Europe that included coaching teams in Israel, Greece, Russia and Turkey.
He led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague championship this season. In 2012, he coached the Russian national team to the bronze medal at the London Olympics.
Blatt played for coach Pete Carril at Princeton and runs the Princeton-style offense.
Steve Kerr was interested in hiring Blatt as his lead assistant with the Golden State Warriors.
It has been reported that the Cavaliers contacted at least another five candidates, including former Warriors coach Mark Jackson and college coaches John Calipari of Kentucky, Kevin Ollie of Connecticut, Billy Donovan of Florida and Tom Izzo of Michigan State.
Embiid likely out 4-6 months
Joel Embiid had two screws placed in his right foot during surgery Friday to repair a stress fracture that could cause the top prospect to fall in next week’s NBA Draft.
Reports suggest Embiid could be out for as long as four to six months.
Dr. Richard Ferkel said in a statement that the surgery went well and he is confident Embiid will be able to return to the court after “appropriate healing.” Ferkel did not put a timetable on the recovery, but it is expected to be a long process.
Embiid was widely considered one of the top three prospects in the draft and a serious candidate to be chosen No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers. But the injury could turn some teams away from the versatile big man from Kansas.
A native of Cameroon, Embiid missed the postseason in March with a stress fracture in his back, which some teams believe could be a chronic issue. He averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks as a freshman last season.
Embiid’s latest injury could push the Cavaliers toward Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins or Duke forward Jabari Parker.