Rumoured internal problems with the Cavaliers over coaching contracts

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are still on top of the world after winning their first ever NBA championship back in June, but there is plenty to sort out before the can begin to defend their title in October.

LeBron James led his home state to a historic title win and they became the first team ever to win the Finals from a 3-1 deficit. They did that against a Golden State Warriors side who had won a record-setting 73 regular season games, no less.

James tied up his new contract last month by agreeing to a three-year deal a shade under $100 million. However, not all of the Cavaliers' business has been conducted as smoothly.

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The contract status for a number of head coach Tyronn Lue's assistant coaches is still up in the air and frustrations are growing within the organisation, Chris Haynes of ESPN reported.

According to the report, the "frustration is at its worst" as assistants Phil Handy, Damon Jones, Jim Boylan and James Posey are not currently under contract. Lue wants to promote Larry Drew, who is currently under contract, to associate coach, but the team has yet to make it official.

It's not wise to drag their heels at this juncture. Lue has proven that he is one of the top young coaches in the league and the fact that they have not granted his wishes for his supporting staff seems curious.

Then there's the fact that JR Smith is yet to re-sign with the franchise. After becoming such an important piece for the Cavaliers last term, many fans must be wondering what the hold up is.

Is they want some stability heading into next season, they would be wise to sort out these deals sooner rather than later.

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