Well, it didn’t take long for Mark Jackson to garner some interest once he became unemployed, and we’re not talking about his work as a TV color commentator. Just a few weeks after getting fired by the Golden State Warriors, Jackson is on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ radar as a head coaching candidate.
Chris Broussard tweeted the Cavs have at least mentioned this to Jackson, although he didn’t have any further information to disclose:
Sources: Cavs contact Mark Jackson about head coaching position. No formal interview set up. Not clear how serious Cavs’ interest is.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 12, 2014
Hiring Jackson would be a fantastic move by the Cavaliers, who are desperate for someone to come into the organization and provide a spark. It seems that new Cavs GM David Griffin is looking to expedite that process by brining in someone like Jackson to put at the helm.
In three years as the Warriors’ head coach, Jackson took a young, inexperienced, floundering team and led it to 47 wins in his second season and then 51 in his third. It’s not his fault the Warriors had no post presence in the playoffs and Golden State was foolish to get rid of him following its postseason exit.
The Cavs are now in great position to bring in new stars as big-time free agents are way more likely to want to play for a coach like Jackson than Cleveland’s former coach, Mike Brown. LeBron James is highly unlikely to leave the Miami Heat, but his relationship with Jackson, illustrated during recent TV broadcasts, is a perfect example of the respect star players have for the young coach.
In addition, Cleveland has about half of the estimated new NBA salary cap in player salaries for 2014, assuming the Cavs accept their team options for Anderson Varejaeo, Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson.
Thinking even more long-term, the Cavs would be way more likely to convince Kevin Love to re-sign if they trade for him with Jackson as their coach. Hiring Jackson would make all the rumors and reports of Cleveland trading for Love way more realistic and even likely.
Cavs fans should hope their front office does the right thing and brings in Jackson because that would certainly make the future of the franchise look a lot brighter.