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Report: Cavaliers make David Blatt new head coach with 4-year, $20 million deal


The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed David Blatt to a four-year deal worth up to $20 million to be its new head coach, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The team tabbed the 55-year-old for the job with less than a week before the NBA Draft. The Cavaliers have the first pick in the draft for the second year in a row and the third time in four years. Blatt replaces Mike Brown, who was fired last month after his second stint with the team.

Blatt has coached a variety of Euroleague teams since 1993, leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to championships in both the Israeli league and the Euroleague in 2014.


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Cleveland had reportedly narrowed their coaching search down to just Blatt and Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue earlier this week, and began negotiations for a contract with the former coach of the Israeli national team on Thursday night.

Blatt announced that he would be leaving for the NBA in a news conference earlier this month, and was also considering an offer to be an assistant under newly hired Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

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