Former Cavaliers coach David Blatt is heading back overseas for his next gig, according to several reports.
Blatt is finalizing a deal to be the head coach of Turkish club Darussafaka, per international basketball journalist David Pick.
Blatt’s deal with Darussafaka is “long-term for $1.7-2 (million) per season,” Pick tweeted.
This is good news for the coaching fraternity — many of whom have been strongly supportive of Blatt since his firing from the Cavaliers at midseason. Several NBA coaches and a handful of college coaches have told me in recent weeks they hold Blatt in high regard.
That’s not a huge surprise.
He had a great run of success overseas and guided LeBron James and an injury-plagued Cavs team to the Finals in his first NBA season. This year, he led the Cavs to a 30-11 record before getting fired.
Interestingly, Blatt was fired just a few days after the Cavs lost by 34 points to the Warriors — the same team the Cavs face in the Finals for the second straight season.
Now, beating them with a full cast is up to first-year man and one-time Blatt assistant Tyronn Lue.
Blatt interviewed for several coaching vacancies in the NBA, including with the Knicks.