The post-LeBron James era couldn't be starting off any worse for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team stands at 1-7, Kevin Love will miss a major chunk of time due to injury, and head coach Tyronn Lue was fired after just six games. Assistant coach Larry Drew has been tapped to fill the void temporarily.
With the Cavs playing slightly more inspired basketball under Drew, GM Koby Altmann reportedly offered him a pay raise and a title change from "acting head coach" to "interim head coach." But Drew reportedly rejected the extra dough.
Drew, whose contract expires after this season, says he values job security, and will be willing to leave Cleveland if he doesn't believe he is a part of their future plans.
Despite making his intentions known to Cleveland management a long time ago, Drew is disappointed that they can't agree on a deal beyond the 2018 season.
#Cavs acting coach Larry Drew on contract situation: “No updates, which I’m very disappointed about. It’s been 72 hours.”— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) October 30, 2018
Drew has been a coach in the NBA since 1992, mostly as an assistant. In his first head coaching role with Atlanta, he made the playoffs three straight seasons, but was let go after going just 10-14 in the playoffs. He also coached Milwaukee for one season, ending with a record of 15-67.
Few coaches on the open market have the experience as Drew does. With a young squad in need of direction, the Cavs would be wise to lock up Drew long term. Let's face it, nobody high-profile going to be lining up around the block to take this job.