The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently working on figuring out who to select with the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. But the front office also has to hire a new head coach after David Griffin fired Mike Brown earlier in the offseason. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavs are starting to interview head coaching candidates on Tuesday in Cleveland. Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin is reportedly the first person to interview for the opening.
Last offseason, when the Cavaliers hired Brown, the coaching search ended rather quickly. This time, the organization seems to be much more willing to conduct a thorough search and find the best coach possible. Griffin is a popular name as far as the up-and-coming assistant coaches go. He's had success under Tom Thibodeau and could bring that same sort of success to the Cavs. But there will undoubtedly be several more interviews to come.
"Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue will interview later this week, followed by former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins. The Cavs also asked permission to speak to Clippers associate head coach Alvin Gentry, but it's unclear if an interview with him has been scheduled."
There's also a good chance that the Cavaliers are waiting until the playoffs are over in order to get a good sense of all the available coaches. Somebody like Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale may be unwilling to interview until after the Heat's playoff run is over. Similarly, the Indiana Pacers might do something stupid like fire Frank Vogel if they are eliminated soon. If that were to happen, the Cavs should certainly have interest in hiring Vogel and it would be a shame if they acted too quickly and committed to a head coach before seeing all of these options.
So it's nice to hear some activity about Cleveland's coaching search, but don't expect them to make a decision for a few more weeks.