After it was reported that the Cavs were hiring Michigan head coach John Beilein as their new head coach, it was also reported that Beilein would look to hire an experience assistants. And it seems like he may have a former head coach on his staff.
As reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, ex-Grizzlies and Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff is going to talk to Beilein about joining the Cavs as an associate head coach. Bickerstaff, the son of current Cavs advisor Bernie Bickerstaff, also interviewed for the Cavs and Lakers head coaching jobs after being fired by the Grizzlies:
Cavs coach John Beilein and JB Bickerstaff expected to soon discuss possibility of an associate head coaching role, sources tell ESPN. Bickerstaff interviewed for Cavs and Lakers openings. He remains a sought-after top assistant on market. Beilein wants an experienced NBA staff.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 13, 2019
Bickerstaff makes sense as a hire for Beilein’s staff as Beilein transitions to the NBA from college. He’s been a coach before, was well liked by players in Memphis and can be a support for Beilein. Reporting to date indicates that it’s a priority that Beilein finds an experienced staff and Bickerstaff would fit that mold. Hiring competent coaches can’t hurt.