In the immediate future, John Beilein will very likely not be the Cavaliers’ head coach.
As first reported by The Athletic, Cleveland and Beilein are in “advanced talks” for Beilein to walk away from the Cavs’ job not even a full season into his first season on the job after leaving Michigan. Per The Athletic, Beilein will be giving up the remainder of his contract — worth around $4 million per year — to walk away.
The Cavs are scheduled to practice Wednesday — their first after the All-Star break — and the Beilein situation is expected to fully resolved by then. The expectation, per a source, is that Beilein’s exit will be formally announced on Wednesday morning.
Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff is expected to be promoted and become the team’s sixth coach in seven years. He was previously the Grizzlies’ head coach and the interim coach for the Rockets. Before joining Beilein’s staff, he interviewed for the Cavs’ job.
From here, the Cavs’ goal has to be get to some form of normalcy. This season, where the team is 14-40, has been full of drama and repeated issues, many of which stemmed directly from Beilein.
Cleveland’s first game after the All-Star break — and likely with Bickerstaff — is on Friday on the road against the Wizards.