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Cavs to formally interview J.B. Bickerstaff, Alex Jensen this week

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Two candidates will interview with the team this week.

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According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the Cavs are formally interviewing both J.B. Bickerstaff and Alex Jensen this week for their open head coaching job:

Bickerstaff was recently fired by the Grizzlies and has a connection to the Cavs via his father Bernie Bickerstaff, who works as an advisor to GM Koby Altman. The younger Bickerstaff was let go after a the 2018-19 season in an unexpected shakeup by the Grizzlies. He also coached the Rockets for most of a season after Kevin McHale was let go.

Jensen, a former D-League coach of the year with the Canton Charge, just wrapped up his season with the Jazz, who lost to the Rockets in the first round. He’s been considered essential to the development of Rudy Gobert and others in Utah.

Of the two candidates, Jensen seems to be more appealing because of his player development background. This isn’t to say that Bickerstaff can’t develop young talent, but it’s considered to be one of his strengths as a coach.

Additionally, Stein reports that Mavericks assistant (and former Cavs assistant) Jamahl Mosley has already interviewed with the team and will advance to the next round of the search:

Mosley has coached the Mavericks summer league team in the past and seems to fit what the Cavs are looking for as well. It remains to be seen what other candidates the Cavs will formally interview and when those interviews could happen. Three known candidates — Portland’s David Vanterpool and Nate Tibbetts and Denver’s Jordi Fernandez — are currently involved in a playoff series.