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Reports: Cavaliers contacted Blatt

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The Cleveland Cavaliers contacted Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt about their coaching vacancy, according to multiple reports.

Blatt also coached Russia to a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics.

Blatt is one of several candidates who have spoken to the Cavaliers but he has not been formally interviewed.

The Cavs have been methodical in looking for a replacement for Mike Brown, whom they fired a month ago following a 33-49 season.

Blatt, who is American-born, guided Maccabi to the European championship with a roster that included seven former U.S. college players.

The New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors have expressed interest in Blatt as an assistant coach. He is a highly-regarded offensive coach.

The Cavaliers have interviewed Los Angeles Clippers assistant coaches Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue, former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin and former Clippers and Chicago Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro, among other candidates.

Blatt played collegiately at Princeton under famed coach Pete Carril and professionally in Israel. He then coached in Russia for several years before taking over Maccabi in 2010.
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