The search for a new head coach continues to drag on for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They have been unable to come to an agreement with the current “voice” of the team and no other candidates have been announced publicly.
With the front office and Larry Drew in a stalemate, Kevin Love spoke up about his desire for Drew to take over as head coach:
“I would love him to be the coach,” Love saidday on Tues. “Everybody knows how I feel about LD, especially after last year’s little run we had. We felt that definitely helped, especially having another huge voice on the bench. Having him step in would be great.”
As it currently stands, the Cavs are weighing their options and looking into bringing in an external candidate to fill the vacancy. Larry Drew’s last stint coaching a rebuilding team wasn’t terrible successful, going 15-67 with the Milwaukee Bucks during Giannis Antetokounmpo’s rookie season.
That being said, there’s so much that goes into coaching behind the scenes that it’s tough to make an evaluation from the outside. There is also typically an assumption that a coach is either good or bad, not that they can have good or bad years, get better or regress just as players do.
With the disconnect between Tyronn Lue and Koby Altman being the driving force behind the firing, it’s reasonable for the front office to look at hiring a coach that is on the same page as Altman, rather than promote a holdover from the previous regime. Although if there is a strong connection with the team and no better candidates available, promoting Drew could also be worthwhile.
Even with limited talent, issues with buy-in were obvious from the Cavs players. If Larry Drew is able to get that out of them and the team feels confident that he can produce in that role, a new contract for a couple years may be a good compromise.
Fear the Sword’s Chris Manning contributed to his report