Report: John Beilein considering resigning as Cavaliers coach

Cavaliers coach John Beilein
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The Cavaliers took a chance hiring an old John Beilein.

It’s not working.

The slugs-thugs mix-up was only emblematic of a larger problem: Beilein has failed to connect with his players. Many in Cleveland seem miserable.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Shams Charania, Kelsey Russo and Jason Lloyd of The Athletic:

Cavaliers coach John Beilein is not expected to remain as head coach beyond the end of the season, league and team sources have told The Athletic. The terms of the separation, and the exact timing of it, are not yet known, but momentum is building toward his exit.

Several factors have come into play around the Cavaliers and Beilein in regard to his job position leading to the potential end of his tenure before the end of the five-year contract he signed in May — including the team’s on- and off-court struggles and the personal toll his son Patrick Beilein’s resignation at Niagara in October has taken on him — league sources said.

If Beilein doesn’t resign during the season, the Cavs might want to move on in the offseason. He’s just not getting results.

One way or another, Beilein now appears likely to join the list of NBA coaches who lasted one season or less in their first non-interim head-coaching job since the NBA-ABA merger:

Season Coach Team W L
2019 Igor Kokoskov PHO 19 63
2014 Jason Kidd BRK 44 38
2013 Mike Dunlap CHA 21 61
2011 Keith Smart GSW 36 46
2009 Michael Curry DET 39 43
2008 Sam Vincent CHA 32 50
2004 Randy Ayers PHI 21 31
2004 Kevin O’Neill TOR 33 49
2001 Leonard Hamilton WAS 19 63
2000 Gar Heard WAS 14 30
1999 Mike D’Antoni DEN 14 36
1998 Bill Hanzlik DEN 11 71
1997 Johnny Davis PHI 22 60
1996 Brendan Malone TOR 21 61
1994 Quinn Buckner DAL 13 69
1993 Jerry Tarkanian SAS 9 11
1988 John Wetzel PHO 28 54
1984 Morris McHone SAS 11 20
1981 Bill Musselman CLE 25 46
1980 Stan Albeck CLE 37 45
1980 Jack McKinney LAL 10 4
1978 Bob Hopkins SEA 5 17
1977 Tates Locke BUF 16 30

The last coach who didn’t finish first NBA season: Randy Ayers, whom the 76ers fired in 2004.

Assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff – who previously coached the Grizzlies and interviewed for the Cleveland head-coaching job before Beilein got it – would be the favorite to take over. The Cavs aren’t winning significantly this season, but it’d be helpful to instill a better culture around Darius Garland, Collin Sexton and Kevin Porter.

Beilein has proven himself as an elite college coach. If the 67-year-old wants to continue coaching, he could certainly land a top job on that level.