In what was an inevitable move, the Cleveland Cavaliers and head coach Larry Drew mutually agreed to part ways according to the Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Drew took the position after the organization fired Tyronn Lue after an 0-6 start in early November.
The former NBA player and longtime coach was in a stalemate with the team over contract talks because he didn’t want to be just the interim coach which led to the team giving him essentially a two-year deal but the 2019-20 season was a team option and partially guaranteed so Drew is going to get paid as he parts from the organization.
Drew went 19-57 as the head coach of the team and he rallied the troops in what was a tough transition season for the franchise as they started the post-Lebron Era.
He had to deal with multiple injuries, a disgruntled veteran in J.R. Smith, multiple trades and having to develop young talents such as Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman.
The Cavaliers made progress during the second half of the season while also still being bad and maintaining their position in the lottery standings. Some including the players vouched to retain Drew but clearly the organization wants to move towards the future.
According to media reports, the Cavaliers are going to have an extensive coaching search.
Nuggets assistant Jordi Fernandez and Lakers head coach Luke Walton have already been mentioned as potential candidates.