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The Cleveland Cavaliers continued to build their new coaching staff Sunday with the hiring of former Memphis Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff as associate head coach to the team’s new head coach, John Beilein, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Cleveland has hired JB Bickerstaff as associate head coach, league sources tell ESPN. Bickerstaff was a target of several teams, but Cavs were determined to pair him with John Beilein and made him one of league’s top paid assistants.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 19, 2019
His father, Bernie, serves as senior advisor for the Cavs.
Bickerstaff was named interim coach in November 2017 after the Grizzlies fired David Fizdale. He was given the job without the interim title last May. After a 12-5 start, the Grizzlies fell hard, finishing 33-49 and missing the playoffs for the second straight season. On the same day Bickerstaff was fired, general manager Chris Wallace was demoted to scout.
The 40-year-old Bickerstaff, the son of former NBA head coach Bernie Bickerstaff, has compiled a record of 85-131 (.394) as a head coach, having led the Houston Rockets to a 37-34 mark after taking over for the fired Kevin McHale after 11 games in the 2015-16 season.
— Sam Amico contributed to this report