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Report: Cavaliers, coach Larry Drew part ways

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DENVER, COLORADO - JANUARY 19: Head coach Larry Drew of the Cleveland Cavaliers works the sidelines against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on January 19, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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The Cavaliers were in such a dire position when they publicly named Larry Drew interim coach, he said he wasn’t accepting that title. At least not without a new, longer contract. Even after Cleveland gave him a new deal, Drew said in January:

“I don’t know if I ever want to be a head coach again after this year,” Drew told The Athletic.

Now, that miserable experience ends.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

I doubt Drew ever coveted assurance of staying on the job. He wanted a multi-year contract so he’d get paid out more if fired after this season. His new deal was partially guaranteed for 2019-20, and he’ll presumably get that money.

He leaves the Cavs in a better place than how he found them. Rookie Collin Sexton improved a ton during the season. A chaotic environment stabilized.

The Cavaliers remain in rough shape – capped out with a bad roster. But they’ll have a high draft pick and can continue rebuilding post-LeBron James. It’ll be a multi-year process, one Drew never seemed up for.