John Beilein Named Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Mae Harvey
May 15, 2019

Howard has been mentioned in rumors in the immediate aftermath of Beilein's hiring as both a candidate for MI, or to go to Cleveland as one of his top assistants.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal will be for five years. "For a team that is going to be player-development driven, with a young, exciting point guard, Koby Altman may have just knocked this hire out of the park". Most recently in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, Beilein guided MI to its third consecutive Sweet 16, and the fifth in his tenure in Ann Arbor, putting MI alongside Gonzaga and Kentucky as the only three schools to reach the Sweet 16 in each of the last three seasons. He's coached for four schools (Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia, and Michigan), and taken all of them to the NCAA Tournament. MI has been to eight Final Fours and six national title games and won the championship in 1989.

"We shared some of the best moments of my life together and I will always be grateful for that", Beilein said about his time at MI.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra and assistant coach Juwan Howard of the Miami Heat direct the team against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at American Airlines Arena on November 12, 2018 in Miami, Florida.

Sources say that the decision is not based on money, but that Beilein wanted to coach in the National Basketball Association.

As with any new coach in the NBA, Beilein would benefit from some experience on his first coaching staff.

Beilein knows he has to work to do in Cleveland.

Cleveland's roster will get a major upgrade in next month's draft, and if the pingpong balls bounce their way again in the lottery, the Cavs could wind up with Duke All-American Zion Williamson, who electrified college hoops as a freshman.

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