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Cavaliers looking for ‘someone with a new approach’ for new head coach

After a disappointing playoff exit, the Cleveland Cavaliers are venturing through the offseason with a head coach vacancy after letting go of J.B. Bickerstaff after five seasons.

During Bickerstaff’s tenure, the Cavaliers held a 255-290 record. However, the team did reach the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. Cleveland is coming off a second-round postseason exit, falling in five games to the Boston Celtics.

The move off Bickerstaff comes in conjunction with speculation concerning star guard Donovan Mitchell’s long-term future as he’s eligible to ink a four-year, $200 million extension this upcoming summer.


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President of basketball operations Koby Altman underlined the importance of bringing in fresh leadership on the sidelines that can push the franchise toward championship contention.

“Someone with a new approach, someone with a different voice, a fresh set of eyes to help us move forward,” Altman said via ESPN. “We’ve accomplished a lot in the last few years, getting to a conference semifinal, and we don’t want to be complacent.

“We feel we’re not far off.”


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The Cavaliers’ top priority this offseason lies with keeping Mitchell committed to their long-term plans. There has been lingering speculation that he could elect not to sign the lucrative extension, leaving him to sit in the fourth year of his five-year, $163 million deal that holds a $37 million player option for the 2025-26 campaign.

Teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks have been speculated as potential trade landing spots.

All that points to the Cavaliers making a concerted effort to bring aboard the right head coach.

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