Griffin interviews for Cavs coaching spot, sources say

Bulls coach Adrian Griffin addresses his team during a timeout from an NBA Summer League game against the Nuggets.

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The Cavaliers have interviewed Adrian Griffin for their head-coaching vacancy, FOX Sports Ohio sources said Tuesday.

Griffin, 39, has been an assistant under Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau since 2010. Griffin is the first known candidate to interview for the position since the team fired former coach Mike Brown in early May.

Prior to joining Thibodeau’s staff, Griffin assisted then-Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles from 2008-10. He also played for five teams, including two stints with the Bulls and Dallas Mavericks, from 1999-2008.

The Cavs are expected to interview several other candidates within the next few weeks, including Los Angeles Clippers assistants Tyronn Lue and Alvin Gentry, as well as former head coaches Lionel Hollins and Vinny Del Negro.

Cavs general manager David Griffin told SportsTime Ohio the team will also look at college coaches — though no known interviews with any college coaches have been scheduled.

Adrian Griffin left the Bulls briefly in 2011, citing family obligations and an interest in pursuing a career in the ministry. He returned a few months later and has been with the team since.

"It worked out where I’m able to be back at work and do the thing that I do love, and that’s to coach," he told CSN Chicago. "I do have aspirations of eventually being a head coach, but at the end of the day, your family’s important and you just have to make sure that everything’s OK on that end."

Griffin interviewed for the Detroit Pistons’ coaching vacancy last summer, and is reportedly a candidate for the Utah Jazz’s current opening.

FOX Sports 1 analyst and Yahoo Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday the Cavs could increase their chances of keeping free agent forward Luol Deng if the team hired Griffin. The two were close when Deng played for the Bulls.

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