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JB Bickerstaff ‘definitely’ wants to remain Cavaliers head coach

The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to a disappointing exit Eastern Conference semifinals exit after five games against the Boston Celtics.

It has quickly shifted the discussion toward head coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s long-term future. Following the Celtics’ Game 5 loss, he touched upon his desire to remain with Cleveland.

“Yeah,” Bickerstaff said when asked that during his postgame news conference via ESPN. “We have continued to build this thing the right way. Every single year we’ve improved, continued to get better, play-in, playoffs, win a round … players have gotten better. Guys have had great years.

“This is definitely a place I want to be.”


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In his five-year tenure with the Cavaliers, he has compiled a 170-159 regular-season record while leading the team to the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.

Cleveland has garnered an above .500 record in three consecutive years while becoming a playoff constant. However, the Cavaliers have struggled to take the next step toward becoming a legitimate title contender.

The hope was that Donovan Mitchell’s arrival would elevate the franchise to that level, but the Cavaliers fell well short of that goal in a lopsided 4-1 series loss to the Celtics.


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It has raised additional questions concerning Mitchell’s future and led to discussions about Darius Garland potentially wanting out if his fellow backcourt mate remains in Cleveland this upcoming offseason.

Mitchell has the opportunity to ink a four-year, $208 million extension, but it is unclear whether he will sign it.

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