Cleveland Cavaliers to talk with David Adelman for coaching position

Basketball: Cleveland Cavaliers list for coaching is growing as they have got permission to interview Denver Nuggets assistant coach David Adelman on Tuesday according to reports.

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Cleveland Cavalier's list for coaching is growing as they have got permission to interview Denver Nuggets assistant coach David Adelman on Tuesday according to reports. David Adelman now becomes the sixth person to get contacted by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland could expand its search in the coming days, according to a source who spoke on the condition of confidence because the organisation is not talking while searching for J.B. Bickerstaff's replacement.

Last month Cleveland Cavaliers fired J.B. Bickerstaff as they got kicked out from the semi-finals by Boston Celtics. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have improved this season but due to injuries, they couldn’t move ahead in the tournament. In an interview, J.B. Bickerstaff stated that he had no regrets about getting sacked after more than four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

According to AP News, “I’m sure every organization, from where we started, would sign up for what we were able to accomplish. Individual players got better, the team got better,” Bickerstaff told SiriusXM. “We created a culture, we created an environment of winning and held ourselves to a high standard. So I’m proud of what we did.

Adelman, 43, is coach Michael Malone's top assistant for the Nuggets, who won the championship last season. He previously worked with Minnesota Timberwolves (five years) and Orlando (one year) before joining Denver in 2017. Koby Altman, the Cavs president of basketball operations, stated that he and his team will work hard to identify the next coach. The squad thinks it is on the verge of competing for a championship.

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Cleveland has previously obtained permission to talk with Golden State Warriors Kenny Atkinson, New Orleans coach James Borrego, New York Knicks assistant Johnnie Bryant, Miami assistant Chris Quinn, and Timberwolves assistant Micah Nori.

Despite Mitchell, guard Darius Garland, and forward Evan Mobley's injuries, the Cavs finished among the best teams in the East this season. Cleveland subsequently lost centre Jarrett Allen in the playoffs due to a fractured rib. Adelman also interviewed for the Los Angeles Lakers' vacant position. It's unclear whether the Cavs have conducted official interviews with any of the applicants they've contacted thus far.

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