1. Proven head coach
A lot of fans look at Brad Stevens and want their organization to hire the next great wunderkind coach. Stevens is young, excels at developing players and, while not this season, has typically exceeded expectations.
At 66 years old, John Beilein would the complete opposite of what you’er expecting, especially since the Cavs interviewed several young candidates such as Nuggets’ assistant Jordi Fernandez, Magic assistant Steve Hetzel and Jazz assistant Alex Jensen.
Unlike these up-and-comers, Beilein has been a head coach just about forever. He started as a community college coach back in the 1980s. He took the Canisius job in 1992 and has been in the Division I college ranks ever since.
He’s coached at Richmond, West Virginia and then finally, Michigan, enjoying successes at every stop.
Additionally, as Windhorst pointed out, Beilein brings an “impeccable” character to the coaching seat. As school after school finds itself buried in scandal, Michigan looks clean.
The position of the head coach gets downplayed in the superstar-driven NBA, but when you’re a super-star less team like the Cavs, who have talent, Beilein has the potential to be invaluable.