Cavs coaching search update
Posted May 22nd, 2014 @ 5:45pm
The Cleveland Cavaliers have contacted Florida coach Billy Donovan about their coaching vacancy, sources told ESPN.com.
Donovan said Thursday that several NBA teams had called him about openings in recent days but that he currently still plans on being with the Gators next season.
He declined to specify which teams called -- Detroit, Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota, New York and Utah also have openings -- and jokingly cited his brief stint with the NBA's Orlando Magic in 2007 as reason for keeping details private.
"I have spoken to a couple NBA teams, and that's all I'm going to say," Donovan said. "It's always flattering, but at the same time, I've always said that I'm very happy here and like it here."
The Cavs, who have been buoyed after winning the draft lottery this week, have been focusing their search on big-name college candidates in the wake of firing Mike Brown. In addition to Donovan, they have tested the interest of Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg, sources said. The Cavs made inquiries about UConn's Kevin Ollie before he agreed to a long-term extension to stay.
The team has been doing research on several former NBA coaches who are currently available including Lionel Hollins, George Karl and Alvin Gentry, sources said. But it appears the Cavs are investigating the college options first.
Donovan just finished his 18th season at Florida, where he has won two national championships and made four Final Four appearances.
He says NBA interest is "always flattering," but adds that "I'm very happy here and like it here."
Via Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com