Reports: Cavs line up coaching interviews
The Cavaliers will interview several candidates within the next week or so for their head-coaching vacancy, according to several reports.
FOX Sports1 NBA Insider and Yahoo Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Cavs will interview Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue later this week.
The Cavs will also interview Clippers assistant Alvin Gentry, Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin, former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, and former Clippers and Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro, according to USA Today.
Griffin will interview with the Cavs on Tuesday, USA Today reported, while the Los Angeles Times reported the Gentry interview is set for Friday.
Both Hollins and Gentry are expected to interview with the Los Angeles Lakers as well. The Lakers have already interviewed former Cavs coach Byron Scott, who told an LA radio station, "I am the perfect guy for (the Lakers’) job."
As for the perfect guy for the Cavs job … well, that’s something new general manager David Griffin is trying to figure out. Griffin and the Cavs also own the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft.
Lue, 37, has been an assistant under Doc Rivers (first with the Boston Celtics, then Clippers) since 2009. Lue was a point guard in the league for 11 seasons, playing alongside the likes of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers, and Michael Jordan with the Washington Wizards.
Adrian Griffin, 39, was an assistant on then-coach Scott Skiles’ staff with the Milwaukee Bucks from 2008-10. He has been an assistant under Tom Thibodeau with the Bulls since then.
Gentry, 59, was the head coach of the Clippers from 2001-03, and the Phoenix Suns from 2009-13. He spent the past season as Rivers’ lead assistant. Gentry has been coaching in the NBA in some capacity since 1989.
Hollins, 60, led the Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals a year ago, but was released by the team after the end of the season. He too owns extensive coaching experience in the league.
Del Negro, 47, coached the Bulls from 2008-10 and the Clippers from 2010-13. He is just one of two coaches to leave the Clippers with a winning record.