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Cavaliers and Larry Drew agree to mutually part ways

Cleveland- In what was an expected move, the Cleveland Cavaliers and
head coach Larry Drew have mutually parted ways this afternoon. The news is courtesy of Shams Charania of the Athletic.

The announcement is really no surprise as the relationship between the Cavaliers and Drew was always a unique one, dating all the way back to when Drew took over for the fired Ty Lue. Upon taking over for the Cavaliers, the team was in complete disarray. While Drew was unable
to lead the team to many wins, he was a stabilizing force for the

Lue was let go when the team started the season (0-6) after coming into
the season with playoff aspirations, the organization quickly changed
its direction towards the future. Drew was able to navigate through
numerous roster changes, both via trade and injury to lead the Cavs to a
(19-57) record. His lasting legacy for the season will be his ability to
create a positive culture in the locker room despite a difficult season.

Tuesday night before the Cavaliers season finale, franchise cornerstone
Kevin Love spoke about his time with Drew this season. ” I’ve always
been a huge fan of his. Like I said he has playing extremely hard and
has us all being true pros. I love LD. If he is with us great, if not I wish him the best and hope we kick his ass when he’s a head coach
somewhere else.”

It will be interesting to see where Drew ends up with a number of head
coaching positions opening up as the league shifts towards the playoffs.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported a couple of names this afternoon, shortly after the Drew news broke. Woj hints that the search should be a rather extensive one as there is not a front runner candidate at this time.

Below is the list of names the Woj mentions as possible candidates in
the Cavaliers coaching search. He also included that player development
is a very important factor in the hiring process.

* David Ham [ Milwaukee Bucks assistant]
* Alex Jensen [ Utah Jazz assistant]
* David Vanterpool [ Portland Trail Blazers assistant]
* Nate Tibbets [ Portlad Trail Blazers assistant]
* Wes Unseld Jr [ Denver Nuggets assistant]
* Various college coaches

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