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Report: John Beilein considering resigning as Cavaliers coach

Cavaliers coach John Beilein

CLEVELAND, OHIO - FEBRUARY 12: Head coach John Beilein of the Cleveland Cavaliers signals to his players during the second half against the Atlanta Hawks at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 12, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 129-105. 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 Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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The Cavaliers took a chance hiring an old John Beilein.

It’s not working.

The slugs-thugs mix-up was only emblematic of a larger problem: Beilein has failed to connect with his players. Many in Cleveland seem miserable.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Shams Charania, Kelsey Russo and Jason Lloyd of The Athletic:

Cavaliers coach John Beilein is not expected to remain as head coach beyond the end of the season, league and team sources have told The Athletic. The terms of the separation, and the exact timing of it, are not yet known, but momentum is building toward his exit.

Several factors have come into play around the Cavaliers and Beilein in regard to his job position leading to the potential end of his tenure before the end of the five-year contract he signed in May — including the team’s on- and off-court struggles and the personal toll his son Patrick Beilein’s resignation at Niagara in October has taken on him — league sources said.

If Beilein doesn’t resign during the season, the Cavs might want to move on in the offseason. He’s just not getting results.

One way or another, Beilein now appears likely to join the list of NBA coaches who lasted one season or less in their first non-interim head-coaching job since the NBA-ABA merger:

2019Igor KokoskovPHO1963
2014Jason KiddBRK4438
2013Mike DunlapCHA2161
2011Keith SmartGSW3646
2009Michael CurryDET3943
2008Sam VincentCHA3250
2004Randy AyersPHI2131
2004Kevin O’NeillTOR3349
2001Leonard HamiltonWAS1963
2000Gar HeardWAS1430
1999Mike D’AntoniDEN1436
1998Bill HanzlikDEN1171
1997Johnny DavisPHI2260
1996Brendan MaloneTOR2161
1994Quinn BucknerDAL1369
1993Jerry TarkanianSAS911
1988John WetzelPHO2854
1984Morris McHoneSAS1120
1981Bill MusselmanCLE2546
1980Stan AlbeckCLE3745
1980Jack McKinneyLAL104
1978Bob HopkinsSEA517
1977Tates LockeBUF1630

The last coach who didn’t finish first NBA season: Randy Ayers, whom the 76ers fired in 2004.

Assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff – who previously coached the Grizzlies and interviewed for the Cleveland head-coaching job before Beilein got it – would be the favorite to take over. The Cavs aren’t winning significantly this season, but it’d be helpful to instill a better culture around Darius Garland, Collin Sexton and Kevin Porter.

Beilein has proven himself as an elite college coach. If the 67-year-old wants to continue coaching, he could certainly land a top job on that level.