The Cleveland Cavaliers ended a wide-ranging 39-day coaching search Friday by agreeing on a contract with David Blatt.

Blatt, who spent the past 20 years coaching in Europe, is the Cavaliers' third coach in three years.

Cleveland fired Mike Brown on May 12 after a 33-49 season. The team interviewed several former NBA coaches and some assistants before zeroing in on Blatt, who recently resigned at Maccabi Tel Aviv to pursue his dream of coaching in the NBA.

American-born and Princeton-educated, the 55-year-old spent the past two decades winning titles in Israel and leading Russia to a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics. He arrives less than a week before Cleveland will select first in the draft.

"David Blatt is going to bring some of the most innovative approaches found in professional basketball anywhere on the globe," Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said.

Terms weren't released, but ESPN reported it's a three-year contract with a club option on a fourth season.

  • Joel Embiid had surgery on the stress fracture in his right foot and now waits to see how far he falls in Thursday's draft. The Kansas center, who was in the running to be taken No. 1 by Cleveland, had two screws inserted into the navicular bone, according to agent Arn Tellem. It's not clear how long Embiid will be out, with estimations ranging from nine months to a full season. Kansas' Andrew Wiggins and Duke's Jabari Parker were mentioned most often with Embiid at the top of the draft. Milwaukee drafts second, followed by Philadelphia.


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