Clevland Cavaliers target star EuroLeague head coach

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The coaching search for the Cleveland Cavaliers is reportedly nearing its end, with the two top candidates being former NBA player Tyronn Lue, who is currently a Los Angeles Clippers assistant, but might best be remembered for being that guy Allen Iverson embarrassed in game one of the 2001 NBA Finals, and David Blatt, a decorated coach in Europe, well known in NBA circles.

Blatt would be the first head coach to come directly from a European team to the NBA, although Mike D'Antoni did come straight to the Phoenix Suns from Treviso, but was an assistant, before being promoted 61 games into his first season with Phoenix.

The Cavs made overtures to other potential candidates, including Mark Jackson, but are just days away from the draft and still looking. 

Who is David Blatt?

While unfamiliar to most American basketball fans, Blatt has spent his entire coaching career, spanning 21 years, in the EuroLeague, mostly in Israel, but also with brief stops in Russia, Italy, Greece and Turkey.

Blatt led Maccabi Tel Aviv to three Israeli cups, and coached the team to the 2014 EuroLeague championship.

He also played professionally in Israel, for 12 seasons in the 1980's and early 90's.

His last experience with American hoops was when he was a college player at Princeton, under legendary Tigers coach Pete Carril.

Blatt, although his is an American citizen by birth, would be watched closely, as hi basketball experience since 1981 has been in Europe, so teams and commentators would keep a close eye to see if his style could translate to the NBA, even with no NBA experience of any kind. 

The cupboard wouldn't be bare

The Cavaliers have one of the most exciting young player in the NBA in Kyrie Irving, who has been an all-star each of the past two season and was the MVP of the 2014 game in New Orleans is the lead dog on the team. 

Also Cleveland boasts young talent in Tristian Thompson, Dion Waiters, and 2013 first overall pick Anthony Bennett. 

In addition to that the Cavs have the top overall selection in this season's draft, and will have a good deal of salary cap flexibility this summer, even if they exercise team options of Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller.

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