Given the way his last season in yellow unfolded - most of the time he was placed on the bench - the swingman now seems as if he has something to prove.
Guni Izraeli, one of the last remnants of Gilboa/Galil's championship lineup, is disappointed over the break-up of the team.
David Bluthenthal has rebuffed calls to join the national team - until now
Blatt could not conceal his excitement at the prospect of coaching his former pupil once again.
According to officials familiar with the negotiations, Blatt will have to pass up on a hefty sum in order to finalize his return to the team he served as an assistant coach under Pini Gershon - who was just ousted from the job - a decade ago.
Gershon has faltered since returning to the sidelines at Yad Eliahu for the past two seasons.
Only an unexpected twist will prevent Maccabi Tel Aviv from firing head coach Pini Gershon.
Owner Jeff Rosen is entrusting his young assistant coach to take Maccabi Haifa to Final Four next year.