Cleveland Cavaliers Contact Maccabi Coach Blatt

Source familiar with NBA team says Blatt, who led Tel Aviv team to European championship, approached to take on coaching job.

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Maccabi Tel Aviv players lifting their coach David Blatt during celebrations  in Tel Aviv, after winning the Euroleague Final Four title, May 19, 2014.
Maccabi Tel Aviv players lifting their coach David Blatt during celebrations in Tel Aviv, after winning the Euroleague Final Four title, May 19, 2014.Credit: Reuters

A person familiar with the Cleveland Cavaliers' search says the team has contacted Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt about their coaching job.

The highly regarded Blatt coached Russia to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. He is one of several candidates to speak with the Cavs, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because of the sensitivity of the situation. Blatt has not had a formal interview, the person said.

The Cavs are being thorough as they look to replace Mike Brown, who was fired on May 12, ending his second stint with the team. Cleveland went 33-49 under Brown.

Blatt also has drawn interested for an assistant's job with Golden State and Minnesota. He recently led Maccabi to the European championship, upsetting Real Madrid.

The Cavs are not commenting during their search.

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