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David Blatt, head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, is in high demand right now among NBA teams, but mainly as an assistant coach. However, it seems that the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested hiring Blatt as their next head coach after firing Mike Brown for the second time.
Blatt recently led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the European Championship, upsetting CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague semifinal game and subsequently beating Real Madrid in the finals. Blatt is highly regarded as an offensive coach, and is being sought as an assistant by Steve Kerr in Golden State and Flip Saunders in Minnesota.
The Cavs are also considering Clippers assistant coaches Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue, along with Lionel Hollins, Adrian Griffin and Vinny Del Negro.
Whoever is hired will be tasked with turning around a team laced with young talent, but one that has underperformed and dealt with chemistry issues the last few seasons.
The Cavaliers have the first pick in the upcoming draft, and are reportedly interested in trading for Kevin Love and pursuing LeBron James whenever he hits free agency.
The newest wrinkle in the Kevin Love saga is teammate Ricky Rubio stating that he wants to talk to Love directly about returning to Minnesota next season. Rubio believes that the Timberwolves have been steadily improving and that losing Love would undo the progress the team has made over the last few seasons.
While Rubio is skeptical about the media’s general insistence that Love is likely to leave Minnesota, all indications continue to point to Love being set on joining a new team. The recent hiring of team president Flip Saunders as head coach reportedly has no effect on Love’s current status and it is unlikely that a conversation with Rubio will change Love’s stance either.
Teams are already calling the Timberwolves and discussing potential deals for the star power forward. With the draft quickly approaching, the discussions will likely become more substantive soon.
For more from Rubio in Treviso, check out his interview with Basketball Insiders:
The transition from Donald Sterling to Steve Ballmer as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers continues. Each day it seems that Sterling changes his mind on whether to approve the sale of the team to Ballmer. What has been a constant for weeks, however, is Shelly Sterling working behind the scenes with the NBA to transfer ownership to Ballmer, while carving out a role for herself with the team.
It seems now that the NBA and Shelly Sterling have come to an agreement that allows her to have a role with the team, while still transferring 100 percent ownership interest to Ballmer.
She will run the charity, which is aimed at helping “underprivileged families, battered women, minorities and inner-city youths.” Shelly clearly wants to distance herself from the tarnished reputation of Donald, and it seems that this is another step toward that.
Donald Sterling has still not officially approved of the sale, holding out for the NBA to drop the $2.5 million fine levied against him and his lifetime ban.
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