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James Borrego Has Second Interview With Lakers

May 29, 2024 10:33 PM

James Borrego had a second interview with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

Borrego is also a candidate for the Cleveland Cavaliers' head coaching vacancy.

Borrego has a strong reputation for player development including serving as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs for a decade. Borrego also has head coaching experience with the Charlotte Hornets.

Borrego is currently an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans. 

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Cavaliers To Begin Head Coach Interviews With Kenny Atkinson, James Borrego

May 29, 2024 9:36 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are beginning their interview process for head coach with Kenny Atkinson and James Borrego, who are the top two candidates on their list.

Atkinson and Borrego are both top assistant coaches with previous head coaching experience.

Atkinson was previously a head coach with the Brooklyn Nets and is currently an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors. 

Borrego is also a serious candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers' head coaching vacancy. Borrego was previously head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and now is an assistant with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Cavaliers plan on interviewing additional candidates beyond Atkinson and Borrego. 

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Cavs Interested In Terry Stotts As Head Coach; Kenny Atkinson Considered Favorite For Role

May 27, 2024 2:01 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in Terry Stotts for their vacant head coach role, according to Marc Stein of The Stein Line.

Kenny Atkinson remains the favorite for the job. 

Dave Joerger, James Borrego, and Johnnie Bryant are also candidates for the role.

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Kenny Atkinson Emerges As Favorite For Cavs, Johnnie Bryant Also Under Consideration

May 26, 2024 3:15 PM

Golden State Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson is considered to be the leader to be the next head coach of the Cavaliers. Atkinson worked with Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert when he was with the Brooklyn Nets.

Another candidate to keep an eye on is New York Knicks assistant coach Johnnie Bryant. Bryant was an assistant with the Utah Jazz when Donovan Mitchell was there.

Dan Gilbert is also reportedly more involved in hiring the team's next head coach than originally anticipated. Gilbert has been heavily involved in the hiring process at other points during his tenure. However, Gilbert was relatively hands-off when Cleveland hired JB Bickerstaff as the full-time head coach four years ago.

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New Orleans Interested In Trading For Darius Garland

May 26, 2024 2:13 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly looking to upgrade their guard rotation. The Pelicans are looking at trading for a point guard. The team is expected to resume trade talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers, after discussing deals ahead of the trade deadline.

The Pelicans target is reportedly Darius Garland. It's been reported that Garland will seek a trade from the Cavaliers if the team extends Donovan Mitchell. It's likely that a New Orleans offer for the veteran guard would involve Brandon Ingram and his $36 million expiring contract.

Garland has four years and $163.2 million left on his contract. The deal is fully guaranteed with no options, with $36.7 million owed in 2024-25.

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Koby Altman: We Feel Good About Where We Are With Donovan Mitchell

May 24, 2024 11:20 PM

As the Cleveland Cavaliers await a decision from Donovan Mitchell on an extension offer this offseason, Koby Altman said his exit interview was encouraging.

"This is a player that has had two of the best years of his career here, has had a lot of success here, understands the infrastructure," Altman said. "I think he has a lot of trust in what we're doing and understands that our goal is to win a championship.

"From his own words, he says he's happy here. He likes it here. And so he's always been very genuine. He's always been very intentional. He's been a great teammate. We have to take all that at face value and say, OK, we feel good about where we are with Donovan. Obviously, things could change."

Cleveland can offer Mitchell a four-year, $209 million extension.

The Cavaliers also parted ways with J.B. Bickerstaff as head coach this week.

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Kenny Atkinson, James Borrego Among Candidates For Cavaliers' Job

May 23, 2024 12:15 PM

Kenny Atkinson and James Borrego have emerged as early candidates for the Cleveland Cavaliers' head coaching vacancy. 

Atkinson was last a head coach in 2020 with the Brooklyn Nets where he coached current Cavaliers Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert. Atkinson has most recently been an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

Borrego was previously a head coach with the Charlotte Hornets and is currently an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans. 

Cleveland parted ways with J.B. Bickerstaff this week.

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Cavaliers Fire J.B. Bickerstaff As Head Coach

May 23, 2024 12:12 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have parted ways with J.B. Bickerstaff as head coach.

Bickerstaff led the Cavaliers to a first round series win over the Orlando Magic, but were eliminated in the second round by the Boston Celtics in five games.

Shortly after the Cavaliers lost Game 5 to the Celtics, a report from The Athletic detailed why the franchise was considering a coaching change this offseason.

Bickerstaff was elevated to head coach of the Cavaliers in 2020 following the resignation of John Beilein. 

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Rockets Monitoring Potential Trade For Donovan Mitchell

May 21, 2024 2:06 PM

The Houston Rockets are monitoring the potential availability of Donovan Mitchell should he decide not to sign an extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources tell Kelly Iko of The Athletic.

The Rockets are believed to be more interested in a star of Mitchell's quality rather than other potentially available players such as Brandon Ingram and Mikal Bridges.

The Rockets are well-positioned to make a major trade with their rostered young players and future draft capital, both in terms of their own picks and those belonging to the Brooklyn Nets. The Rockets also own the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft via the Nets.

Mitchell can become a free agent in 2025 and has most strongly been linked with the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat if he ends up not signing long-term with the Cavaliers. 

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Cavs Expected To Sign Evan Mobley To Potential Max Extension

May 19, 2024 10:54 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are increasingly expected to sign Evan Mobley to a max contract extension this summer, according to Marc Stein of The Stein Line.

The Cavs are also growing confident of signing Donovan Mitchell to a contract extension. 

Mobley's agents reportedly cautioned the Cavs about drafting the player with the third pick of the 2021 NBA Draft.

Should the Cavs succeed in re-signing both Mobley and Mitchell, Jarrett Allen would be a trade target for teams around the league. 

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Jarrett Allen Has 'Numerous Admirers' Around League

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Cavaliers Could Look At Trading Jarrett Allen

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Pelicans Could Bid For Donovan Mitchell

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Donovan Mitchell: I'm Happy In Cleveland, I Know I've Got Decision To Make This Offseason

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Jarrett Allen Rib Injury Frustrated Members Within Cavs

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Evan Mobley's Agents Cautioned Cavs Against Drafting Him With Third Pick In 2021

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Donovan Mitchell's Odds Of Signing Extension With Cavaliers Believed To Be Increasing

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Darius Garland Could Seek Trade From Cavs If Donovan Mitchell Extends

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Cavaliers Considering Dismissal Of J.B. Bickerstaff

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Donovan Mitchell Situation Being Closely Watched, Multiple Teams Preparing 'Huge Offer' To Cavs

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Donovan Mitchell Expected To Miss Game 5 With Hamstring Strain

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Donovan Mitchell, Caris LeVert Questionable For Game 5

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Donovan Mitchell Out For Game 4 With Calf Strain

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Donovan Mitchell Questionable For Game 4 With Calf Strain

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Donovan Mitchell Was 'Tired Of Losing In The First Round'

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Jarrett Allen To Miss Game 7 Due To Rib Injury

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Jarrett Allen's Status Uncertain For Game 6

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Dean Wade Ruled Out For Remainder Of First Round

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