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The Cleveland Cavaliers have apparently solved any type of coaching contract issues for at least the rest of the season.
The Cavs have agreed to a deal with acting head coach Larry Drew for the rest of the season, and according to ESPN, a partial guarantee for next year.
The team made the announcement official shortly after ESPN reported it.
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Coach Drew to continue leading the team on the court,” Cavs general manager Koby Altman said in a release. “He brings important experience and many qualities that we expect to translate well with our team as the head coach. We’re looking forward to the ways he can impact the team and help our players continue to grow and find success.”
Drew will at least coach the team the rest of this season, and should he fare well, could get the gig on a full-time basis next year. If the Cavs decide to move on, per ESPN, they will simply buy out the remaining portion of his contract.
For the Cavs, that would be a small price to pay. For Drew, it’s a chance to audition for the job full-time and earn more.
The Cavs and Drew had been in a stalemate over a deal — a fact Drew had not been shy about pointing out after he replaced fired ex-coach Tyronn Lue.
Drew has coached the Cavs to a 10-3 record, dating back to last season. He is 1-2 entering Monday’s game at Orlando.