Drew, Cavaliers mutually agree to part ways

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Interim Head Coach Larry Drew has agreed to part ways. Drew took over in October when the team fired Tyronn Lue. 

As the Interim Head Coach, Drew guided the team to a 19-63 record. The Cavaliers had an 0-6 record when he took over. 

Former Cleveland Cavaliers Interim Head Coach Larry Drew coaching against the Milwaukee Bucks
Larry Drew coaching against the Milwaukee Bucks (Photo by the Cleveland Cavaliers)

“We have great respect and appreciation for Larry and the job that he did as the head coach of the Cavaliers for nearly the entire 2018-19 campaign,” General Manager Koby Altman said. “He brought professionalism, class and steady leadership both this past season and prior four years. Larry and I had a productive discussion about this past season, the future of the franchise and the search process that we will shortly launch regarding the head coaching role. 

“Larry respectfully declined to participate in the search process and will not be returning to coach the Cavaliers. All of us in Cleveland wish Larry nothing but the best going forward.”

The 61-year-old Kansas City, Kansas native has been an NBA head coach three times. Besides the Cavaliers, he also served as the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks head coach. 

“I want to thank Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, the entire organization, and especially our fans, for what has been a very special and rewarding time here in Cleveland,” Drew said. “Koby and I had a good discussion following the season and have both decided that the best decision for each of us was that I would not return to coach the team. I am very proud of what we accomplished over the last several years together and will always cherish our Championship.

“I also want to commend our players this season for the bond that they established, the way they approached their jobs and the hard work and growth they had every day. I am very proud of them and wish them the best as they continue to develop for the future.”

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