Report: Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt a possible candidate for Cavaliers head coach

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Steve Kerr has a great eye for potential assistant coaches.

Which explains explains both why he keeps targeting candidates who could have more prestigious options and why the Warriors will have a hard time landing them.

Whether it’s Alvin Gentry or David Blatt, Golden State wants to make someone with head-coaching opportunities into an assistant.

Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer:

Two NBA sources indicated on Friday that Blatt, who has interviewed for assistant coaching positions with Golden State and Minnesota, may be a candidate for the Cavs head coaching vacancy.

This would be a solid, out-side-the-box hire for Cleveland.

Blatt – the coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv who led Russia to the bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics – is renowned for his innovative offense. I’d love to see Kyrie Irving running it, and Blatt could be the coach who pushes the young point guard to the next level.

I’m not sure an assistant job would lure Blatt, a Massachusetts native, back stateside. But an NBA head-coaching position should certainly intrigue him.

First, he’ll probably have to sell the Cavaliers he’s up for the job. They’ve already reportedly interviewed Adrian Griffin, Tyronn Lue, Lionel Hollins, Alvin Gentry and Vinny Del Negro. It’s a deep field, and if Blatt gets the job, that would strongly indicate he’s earned it.