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Cleveland Cavaliers appoint Blatt as coach

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have ended the search for a new head coach with the hiring of Maccabi Tel-Aviv's David Blatt.

Blatt has signed a three-year deal with an option of a fourth, which could be worth up to $20million according to NBA.com.

The Israeli-American had been coach of Maccabi since 2010, where he has garnished a reputation as one of the most successful coaches in Europe over the past few years.

His most recent success came after Tel Aviv shocked Real Madrid to win this year's Euroleague championship.

Blatt becomes the first European coach to jump straight into a head coach position in the NBA. He will now focus on the draft with the Cavaliers winning first pick in the draft lottery for the second year running.

Who that is remains to be seen, and with Joel Embiid undergoing foot surgery last week there have been various different choices in the numerous mock drafts carried out across the internet. Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins are amongst the favourites.

Blatt said he was extremely excited to be coming to work in Cleveland and he would be working hard to match the expectations set on him.

''I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to come to Cleveland and lead the Cavaliers as their head coach...We are going to work extremely hard to achieve the kind of results we all expect and know are possible.'' he told NBA.com.

Cavs general manager David Griffin is looking for Blatt to bring his experience of success to the Quicken Loans Arena in 2014-15 and beyond thanks to his incredible work-ethic.

''His abilities to communicate, to build relationships with his players and to foster winning environments at several stops throughout Europe and across the highest levels of international competition speak for itself. He brings unbridled passion, energy and creativity to his craft.

"...He has an uncanny ability to adapt his system to maximize the talents of his teams year after year. That is why I am very confident he will make a smooth transition to the NBA,'' he said.

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