Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Cavaliers finally have a head coach. David Blatt, the longtime European coach was given a three-year deal worth about $10 million with a fourth-year team option, reports ESPN.com.
Blatt will be introduced on Wednesday, one day before the Cavaliers make the first pick in the NBA Draft.
“David Blatt is going to bring some of the most innovative approaches found in professional basketball anywhere on the globe,” Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said. “Time and time again, from Russia to Israel and several other prominent head coaching jobs in between, David has done one thing: ‘win.’ He is not only an innovator, well-trained and focused on both sides of the court, but he is always learning and always teaching.”
Blatt led Russia to a bronze medal in the 2012 Summer Olympic games. He also was the head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, winning the Euroleague Championship this season. The 55-year-old has spent more than 20 seasons coaching in Europe for four different countries.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to come to Cleveland and lead the Cavaliers as their head coach,” Blatt said. “We are going to work extremely hard to achieve the kind of results we all expect and know are possible.”
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