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After failing to land in the NBA, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt has a new overseas home.
Blatt has been hired as head coach of Greek club Olympiacos, signing a two-year contract. The team announced the hiring in a press release Tuesday.
“I am happy and honored to be joining the Olympiacos team and family… the opportunity to become part of the great tradition of achievement and the history of great coaches and players is overwhelming,” Blatt said. “The team must evolve and grow and together with all the wonderful people in the program we will make this happen. And I can’t wait.”
Blatt spent one season as coach of the Cavs, the first year of LeBron James’ return to Cleveland (2014-15). It was Blatt’s only full season as an NBA coach, and the Cavs made it to the Finals before losing to the Golden State Warriors.
He was fired midway through the next season after rumors of some locker-room and on-the-court discord. The Cavs were 30-11 at the time of Blatt’s firing — then went on to win the lone championship in franchise history under Tyronn Lue.
Blatt, 59, spent the previous two seasons as coach of Darusafaka in Turkey.
He has made it clear he would like to return to the NBA, and was a candidate for openings with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns following the season. But after those jobs were filled, the 2014 Euroleague Coach of the Year decided to remain overseas.