David Blatt's tenure as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers is now over.
According to a report from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs fired Blatt today and have replaced him with top assistant Tyronn Lue. Lue, though, won't have the interim label and has already signed a multi-year deal to become the Cavs' new head coach. Fear the Sword has been able to confirm the news with a member of the Cavs' front office.
Blatt, in roughly a year and a half with the Cavs, had a 83-40 regular season record. This year, the Cavs are 30-11 and atop the Eastern Conference standings. In his first year with the Cavs and in the NBA, Blatt reached the Finals with the Cavs.
LeBron James, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, was not consulted on the decision to fire Blatt, although James' fondness of Lue and desire to be coached by a former player were well known in the organization.
Lue, who was the Cavs' associate head coach under Blatt, has never coached in the NBA. When Blatt was hired, Lue was one of the other finalists for the job and was the NBA's highest paid assistant coach. Lue's first game as head coach will be tomorrow when the Cavs take on the Chicago Bulls.