Cavs Report: On a new coach, Kevin Love and that No. 1 pick
Some news and notes on the Cavaliers as we move closer to the June 26 NBA Draft:
— With the first round of interviews complete, the Cavs could have their new head coach hired within the next 10 days, a source close to the search told FOX Sports Ohio on Wednesday.
— It is believed the Cavs have interviewed Clippers assistants Tyronn Lue and Alvin Gentry, and Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin, as well as former head coaches Lionel Hollins and Vinny Del Negro. The Cavs were said to be particularly impressed with Griffin and Lue.
— Cavs general manager David Griffin has also spoken with one other coach who "has not been mentioned in the media," a source said.
— One name still being tossed around the NBA as a possible Cavs candidate: Heat assistant David Fizdale. However, Fizdale told a Miami newspaper last week he had not spoken with the Cavs. He added he does not have any ties to the organization, either.
— On the trade front, or potential trade front, a deal between the Cavs and Timberwolves for star forward Kevin Love won’t be happening, sources said late Wednesday. The T-Wolves are taking calls about Love, but Yahoo Sports reported they won’t seriously consider moving him until a head coach is hired. Any talks with the Cavs have gone nowhere. Of course, the possibility always exists that things could be revisited.
— An ESPN report mentioned Bulls center Joakim Noah, Hawks center Al Horford and Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge as potential Cavs targets. But sources told FOX Sports Ohio on Wednesday the acquisition of Noah is extremely unlikely. Also, the Cavs’ feelings on Horford were described as "lukewarm."
— The Cavs are indeed interested in Aldridge, but it’s hard to envision the Blazers being open to moving him after their magical season. Aldridge was great all season and particularly remarkable in the playoffs. His price would be very high.
— It is believed at least two teams with lottery picks have talked to the Cavs. As reported earlier this week, one is supposedly in the top three of the draft (along with the Cavs at No. 1, the top three consists of the Bucks and 76ers, respectively).
— Cavs guard Dion Waiters and forward Tristan Thompson have been the subject of exploratory talks, sources said Wednesday. It is unclear if the Cavs lobbed those names to the other team, or the other team asked about Waiters and Thompson specifically.
— As for the No. 1 overall draft pick, despite some recent national reports, the Cavs do not yet have a frontrunner. Kansas center Joel Embiid, Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins and Duke forward Jabari Parker are all said to remain equally in play.