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Cleveland Cavaliers hire John Beilein as head coach on five-year deal

Tuesday 14 May 2019 07:55, UK

John Beilein reacts during a Michigan Wolverines game at the NCAA tournament
Image: John Beilein is the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers

John Beilein has been named the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, ending his 12 years at University of Michigan.

Beilein's appointment was confirmed on Monday and ESPN report that he has agreed a five-year contract.

He guided the Wolverines (Michigan) to two Final Four appearances and four Big Ten titles.

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He said: "I want to thank the University of Michigan for what has been a truly special home and remarkable place for my family and I for the last 12 years.

"We have achieved great success together and we could not have done it without the incredible support of our administration, coaches, players, staff, students, fans and the entire university community.

"We shared some of the best moments of my life together and I will always be grateful for that.

"At the same time, I felt very strongly about this new and exciting opportunity with the Cavaliers. I am honored to be the head coach of the Cavaliers.

"I love the position the team is in to build and grow and this was something I felt was the perfect fit for me.

"Cleveland is a great city with amazing fans and I am really looking forward to calling Cleveland home for years to come."

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Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman said: "We conducted a deep and thorough search to find the best possible candidate for the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"Following the end of those interviews, it became clear to us that coach Beilein was the right choice and best fit for our franchise.

"John is one of the most accomplished and innovative basketball minds and leaders in the entire game.

"He has a unique ability to create an outstanding culture that will promote the development of young players and provide a solid structure to the entire program, not to mention the fact that John Beilein wins everywhere he goes."

The Cavaliers are back in the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday seeking another cornerstone for the franchise, after narrowly missing the worst record in the league in their first season without LeBron James since his return from Miami.

The Cavaliers, Suns and Knicks all have a 14 percent chance to land the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

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