You can add another name to the Cavs’ head coaching search.
According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Cleveland has requested permission to interview Nuggets assistant coach Jordi Fernandez for their head coaching job.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have requested permission to interview Denver assistant Jordi Fernandez for their head-coaching job, league sources say.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 2, 2019
Fernandez, 36, was previously a player development coach with the Cavs and worked with the likes of Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and others. He was also the head coach of the Canton Charge before being hired by the Nuggets. When he was with the Charge, current Cavs assistant GM Mike Gansey was the Charge’s GM.
Fernandez is the youngest candidate in the Cavs’ coaching pool so far. He’s in line, however, with the type of coach the Cavs have been linked to and another coach (like Alex Jensen and Jahmal Mosley, for example) to have a connection to the franchise.
Per cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, the Cavs don’t have a single candidate considered at the head of the pack yet. It’s also unknown when Fernandez will interview with the Cavs, as the Nuggets are currently in a playoff series against the Trail Blazers.