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Cavs assistant coach Vitaly Potapenko joining Grizzlies staff

CLEVELAND— Cavaliers player development coach Vitaly Potapenko is leaving Cleveland and joining the Memphis Grizzlies coaching staff.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news of Potapenko’s departure:

Potapenko has been with the Cavs since the 2013 season. He is a former NBA center who played with Cleveland, the Boston Celtics, the Seattle SuperSonics and the Sacramento Kings.

Potapenko spent a large chunk of time in the 2017-18 season working one-on-one with Ante Zizic and furthering his development. Zizic went from being clearly unprepared for the NBA to being able to contribute by March, and Potapenko was a large part of that.

While the loss of Potapenko isn’t catastrophic for the Cavs’ coaching staff, they will have to do some work to replace him.

Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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