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Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt takes new job coaching in Turkey

The Cleveland Cavaliers are getting ready to face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals and David Blatt is preparing a return to coaching... in Europe.

It might not have shocked the NBA as much as it rocked it a bit, but the Cleveland Cavaliers firing of head coach David Blatt was big news, regardless. The Cavs coach was set to coach the East All-Stars and the Cavaliers were riding a 30-11 record in the follow-up season to a trip to the NBA Finals. David Griffin and Cavaliers ownership claimed to have their reasons and they went beyond the won-loss record, so they acted. It's hard to argue that the anecdotes revolving around David Blatt's troubles handling personalities weren't enough to be considered valid evidence. Regardless, the Cleveland Cavaliers acted and fired David Blatt for his assistant Ty Lue. Now it appears Blatt has found work, although not in the NBA. 

David Blatt was in the midst of a 4-year $20 million deal with the Cavaliers when he was relieved of his duties, so he'll be adding a nice sum of money to that Dan Gilbert pile. Blatt had interviewed for other NBA jobs and the highest profile linkage was probably some brief smoke in MSG with the Knicks. Alas no fire revealed itself when the Knicks hired Jeff Hornacek.

It's kind of shocking how little David Blatt is spoken of in the wake of a high profile - and slightly embarrassing - firing for the organization mid-season. In fact, my own anecdotal evidence is that more people will bring up the Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins swap than anything involving David Blatt. He's not a bad guy and not a bad coach, but you don't get the feeling that anyone truly misses him, including the player he reportedly coddled the most, LeBron James.

If the Cavaliers can win four more games in this season and somehow win a title, it will be even more of a weird footnote that few will actually remember.


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David Blatt was in the midst of a 4-year $20 million deal with the Cavaliers when he was relieved of his duties, so he'll be adding a nice sum of money to that Dan Gilbert pile. Blatt had interviewed for other NBA jobs and the highest profile linkage was probably some brief smoke in MSG with the Knicks. Alas no fire revealed itself when the Knicks hired Jeff Hornacek.

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It's kind of shocking how little David Blatt is spoken of in the wake of a high profile - and slightly embarrassing - firing for the organization mid-season. In fact, my own anecdotal evidence is that more people will bring up the Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins swap than anything involving David Blatt. He's not a bad guy and not a bad coach, but you don't get the feeling that anyone truly misses him, including the player he reportedly coddled the most, LeBron James.

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If the Cavaliers can win four more games in this season and somehow win a title, it will be even more of a weird footnote that few will actually remember.

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It might not have shocked the NBA as much as it rocked it a bit, but the Cleveland Cavaliers firing of head coach David Blatt was big news, regardless. The Cavs coach was set to coach the East All-Stars and the Cavaliers were riding a 30-11 record in the follow-up season to a trip to the NBA Finals. David Griffin and Cavaliers ownership claimed to have their reasons and they went beyond the won-loss record, so they acted. It's hard to argue that the anecdotes revolving around David Blatt's troubles handling personalities weren't enough to be considered valid evidence. Regardless, the Cleveland Cavaliers acted and fired David Blatt for his assistant Ty Lue. Now it appears Blatt has found work, although not in the NBA.

Darussafaka's deal with David Blatt, I'm told, is long-term for $1.7-2m per season.

— David Pick (@IAmDPick) May 31, 2016

David Blatt was in the midst of a 4-year $20 million deal with the Cavaliers when he was relieved of his duties, so he'll be adding a nice sum of money to that Dan Gilbert pile. Blatt had interviewed for other NBA jobs and the highest profile linkage was probably some brief smoke in MSG with the Knicks. Alas no fire revealed itself when the Knicks hired Jeff Hornacek.

It's kind of shocking how little David Blatt is spoken of in the wake of a high profile - and slightly embarrassing - firing for the organization mid-season. In fact, my own anecdotal evidence is that more people will bring up the Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins swap than anything involving David Blatt. He's not a bad guy and not a bad coach, but you don't get the feeling that anyone truly misses him, including the player he reportedly coddled the most, LeBron James.

If the Cavaliers can win four more games in this season and somehow win a title, it will be even more of a weird footnote that few will actually remember.

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