The Cleveland Cavaliers hired John Beilein as the next head coach of the franchise. Here’s four ways Beilein’s hire impacts the franchise.
It was just last week ESPN writer Brian Windhorst reported the Cleveland Cavaliers were looking for a bigger name to hire as the franchise’s next head coach.
He didn’t drop the name then, but now the longtime scribe can come clean.
“I didn’t think they were going to get him,” Windhorst said, via TheLandonDemand.com.com.
The Cavs hired Michigan’s John Beilein as their next head coach at a time when the franchise is heading into a draft with two first round picks and solid corps to build around that includes Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman, Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr.
Windhorst was surprised Michigan let him go, but perhaps it had something to do with money. Beilein was the fourth highest paid coach in the Big Ten. Perhaps Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert mad him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
With that said, Belein had looked at the NBA last summer, showing interest in the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons jobs.
The move also was surprising in that it came the day before the lottery results were known. If the Cavs don’t get Zion Williamson, the gig becomes a lot less desirable.
But with two first-round picks and some solid veterans already on the roster, perhaps Beilein views this as the best opportunity.
Here’s four ways his hire impacts the franchise.