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David Blatt, ex-Maccabi Tel Aviv coach, meeting with NBA’s Cavaliers

(JTA) — David Blatt, who resigned as the coach of Euroleague champion Maccabi Tel Aviv, is set to meet with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

Blatt, 55, will interview Wednesday with the Cavaliers for their vacant head coaching position, Yahoo Sports first reported Sunday, citing what it called “league sources.”

Blatt stepped down last week from the Maccabi post after guiding the team to the Euroleague title in May in a major upset, saying at a news conference, “I will intensify my talks with NBA teams. I just want to realize a dream and hold a significant role with an NBA team.”

The Cavs, who fired Mike Brown last month for a second time, have not commented on such reports.

New York, Minnesota and Golden State reportedly are interested in Blatt, who holds U.S. and Israeli citizenship, to fill slots as an assistant coach. The Boston native reportedly has turned down NBA assistant coaching jobs in the past. It is believed that new Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr already has offered Blatt a position and will be looking for a response this week.

Along with leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague title, Blatt coached Russia to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

 

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