Report: Cavaliers would’ve strongly considered Tom Thibodeau if they fired David Blatt last summer
A lot of people understand why the Cavaliers fired David Blatt.
Not as many understand why they fired Blatt to promote Tyronn Lue.
If Blatt wasn’t experienced enough to lead a championship contender, what was Lue, who had no head-coaching experience?
It seems the Cavs took the idea of replacing Blatt with a proven coach seriously. They just didn’t choose one.
Thibodeau is still available. If the Cavaliers wanted him, they probably could’ve gotten him. I imagine coaching a championship contender would’ve appealed strongly to the former Bulls coach.
But considering Thibodeau was enough. If Cleveland gave Lue the job just because he was there, that would’ve been a mistake. If Cleveland considered a range of candidates – including proven commodities like Thibodeau – and chose Lue, that’s far more encouraging.