J.B. Bickerstaff is going to be sticking around as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
As first reported by cleveland.com, Bickerstaff has agreed to a multi-year deal to make him the Cavs’ head coach beyond this season. He had already taken the job after John Beilein left the job after resigning in February. Terms of the contract are not available, so it’s unknown how long Bickerstaff’s deal is for or how much it’s worth.
Helping Bickerstaff’s case to get a new deal is the team playing harder under him and going 5-5 in their last 10 games. One player told cleveland.com that it was ‘night and day’ under Bickerstaff as compared to under Beilein.
You could argue that the Cavs should have not re-upped with Bickerstaff and perhaps went after a coach like ex-Nets coach Kenny Atkinson in the offseason. But there figures to be a lot of coaching openings this summer, the organization actually likes Bickerstaff and maybe some stability is the best overall thing for them right now.
Update - 7:11 p.m. on March 10
Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Bickerstaff’s contracts runs through the 2023-24 season. In a press release, the Cavs have announced the deal: