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Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt announces plan to take NBA coaching job

David Blatt coached the Russian national team to a bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012. (Marina Kobzeva/Getty  Images) David Blatt coached the Russian national team to a bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012. (Marina Kobzeva/Getty Images)

Head coach David Blatt of Israeli Super League team Maccabi Tel Aviv has announced that he will be taking a job in the NBA but has declined to say which team he will be joining, according to the Jerusalem Post's Allon Sinai.

Blatt was born in Massachusetts and played college basketball at Princeton under Pete Carril before heading to Israel - first as a player, then as a coach. He has been awarded Coach of the Year honors four times. In 2014, he won his first Euroleague title with Tel Aviv.

Blatt said the move was not because of a better offer but to fulfill a lifelong goal.

"I'm not leaving Maccabi for a bigger contract. I'm not necessarily leaving for a better place," Blatt continued. "I'm leaving to follow my dream."

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Blatt is reportedly in the running for the Cleveland Cavaliers head coaching position, as well as a top assistant position under new Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders. Blatt would not confirm any offers, but he said he hopes to make a decision soon.
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