The Cavaliers have reached out to Maccabi coach David Blatt about their head coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the negotiations told Tom Withers of the Associated Press on Friday.
Blatt led Maccabi to the Euroleague championship in May, beating heavily favored CSKA Moscow in the semifinals and Real Madrid in overtime in the title game. The team's roster included seven former U.S. college players.
The 55-year-old Blatt was born in Boston and played high school ball in Massachusetts. His collegiate playing days came at Princeton as a point guard under famed coach Pete Carril. He is an offensive-minded coach who led Russia to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
He has not had a formal interview, Withers reports, citing the source. Blatt has also reportedly been in talks with new Warriors coach Steve Kerr about being his assistant in Golden State.
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