The Cavaliers season is winding down with the season finale taking place Tuesday night against the Charlotte Hornets.
What won’t be winding down is the coaching search as the organization will be looking for the 22nd head coach in franchise history.
Cleveland fired Tyronn Lue after an 0-6 start and replaced him with long-time NBA player and coach Larry Drew who has led them to a 19-56 record.
Drew should and likely will get an interview out of respect for the job he’s done despite the circumstances surrounding the franchise this season.
It now leads to who will the Cavaliers look towards to lead the franchise going forward as the next head coach.
Joe Vardon of the Athletic reported on Monday that the Cavaliers will be giving Nuggets assistant Jordi Fernandez a “serious look” and will also being looking at Lakers head coach Luke Walton who is expected to be fired.
Fernandez has been linked to the job opening for the last few months and Vardon stated that he fits the mold of what general manager Koby Altman wants as a head coach to help build the organization with.
The 36-year-old spent five years with the Cavaliers from 2009 to 2013 as a player development coach and was also the head coach of the Canton Charge from 2014 to 2016.
He’s been under Michael Malone for the last three seasons on the Nuggets coaching staff and Denver is currently the second best team in the Western Conference. The development of players like Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic could be credited to Fernandez who has been referred to as “the ultimate people’s coach”.
The ties to the organization could make Fernandez the front runner for the job but i also think Luke Walton would be a great hire as well.
Walton is 98-147 in three seasons as head coach of the Lakers and as I stated above is likely to be fired as head coach once the season concludes.
Expectations did increase for the Lakers with the addition of Lebron James last summer and the team did get off to a solid start before James injured his groin in December.
The injury and the constant rumors surrounding the team’s attempt to acquire Anthony Davis sent the Lakers’ playoff hopes spiraling downward and the team will miss the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.
I do think Walton can be and has shown to be a good NBA coach. He took the Lakers from a 17 win team to a 35 win team in two seasons and for those that say he can’t develop young talent, look at the Lakers roster before the injuries.
Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma have turned into guys that can score 18-20 points per night on a consistent basis.
Lonzo Ball took steps forward in his shooting game from his rookie season and Josh Hart has shown he can be a solid role player off the bench.
He’s being dealt a bad hand because of the drama surrounding the Lakers organization and I think it’s a joke he’s being fired.
I’m glad the Cavaliers are going to put in the work on him and hopefully give him the opportunity to interview for the job.
There will likely be more candidates for the job but as it stands, either Jordi Fernandez or Luke Walton would be the best options for the Cavaliers.