Cleveland Cavaliers Hurt Their Chances of Signing LeBron James By Hiring David Blatt
LeBron James wants to win championships. There has been a lot of chatter recently that LeBron will leave the Miami Heat to play elsewhere next season in hopes of winning his third championship. As NBA fans saw in the 2014 NBA Finals, the Heat are no longer the best team in the NBA, and the supporting cast around LeBron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh wasn’t good enough to win it all. With that being said, LeBron should look to sign with a different team in free agency. Although it would be awkward and a bit funny, one team that has been rumored to sign LeBron is his old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
At first glance of the Cavaliers, there is a lot to like. There’s a good nucleus of players with Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennett and Tristan Thompson. The Cavs also hold the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Despite all of that, the Cavs might’ve hurt their chances of signing LeBron by hiring David Blatt as their next head coach. Instead of hiring a guy who’s been around the NBA, the Cavs will be hiring a coach who has had his success coaching overseas.
On Thursday, the Cavs offered Blatt the job, and it only took the Maccabi Tel Aviv coach 24 hours to accept the offer from owner Dan Gilbert. Something that also should be said is that Blatt has a great relationship with Cleveland’s general manager David Griffin, and Steve Kerr wanted to hire Blatt to be his assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.
With the ability to go play for coaches like Tom Thibodeau, Kevin McHale and Doc Rivers, it’s hard to see LeBron signing with a rookie coach like Blatt. Sure he has a great resume overseas, but the NBA has seen players and coaches who have converted from overseas flame out of The Association. This is a nice culture change for the Cavs, but the hiring of Blatt greatly hurts their chances of bring back The King in free agency.