Cavs Agree on New Head Coach Deal with Larry Drew

Associated Press

Drew, who had refused the interim coach label because he wanted a restructured deal, was named associate head coach in September 2016, a few months after then head coach Tyronn Lue received a five-year, $35 million deal following Cleveland's championship season.

Drew's new agreement comes with an option for the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season if the Cavs decide to stay with him next year.

Drew has taken charge of the Cavaliers since Lue was dismissed on October 28 following the team's 0-6 start to the season.

Because of the team's lack of overall success over the years, Nikola Vucevic has flown under the radar as one of the most effective big men in the Conference.

"So now there's clarity", Drew said today before the Cavs played in Orlando.

"I embrace the challenge". They were hoping to contend for a postseason berth in the wake of losing LeBron James to free agency for a second time.

Monday's reported agreement implies that the team has, at a minimum, placed value on buying some stability for the short term while leaving flexibility for a deeper dive into a coaching search if they're not convinced that Drew is the right person for the job.

Hill scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and made 10 of 12 shots for Cleveland (1-9), which remained winless on the road.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love underwent toe surgery and will miss at least six weeks.

If that wasn't enough, the Cavs have also been dealing with guard J.R. Smith wanting to be traded, Sexton struggling and former assistant Jim Boylan filing an age discrimination lawsuit against the team.

"We are pleased to have reached this agreement with coach Drew to continue leading the team on the court", Altman said.

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