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Report: Cavs reach agreement with Blatt

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 20 2014 01:33:20 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 20 2014 02:26:49 PM CDT
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The Cleveland Cavaliers reached an agreement with David Blatt to be their new head coach, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Blatt met with team officials for two days this week and was offered the job Thursday night.

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.

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