Cavaliers, Bickerstaff agree to new deal through 2023-24 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Cleveland Cavaliers have named J.B. Bickerstaff as their permanent head coach. Bickerstaff replaced John Beilein, who stepped away during the NBA All-Star break.

Beilein had a short-lived coaching career with the Cavaliers, as he did not even last one-year on the job. Bickerstaff has been leading the team since the second half of the season.

J.B. Bickerstaff (Photo by the Associated Press)

Bickerstaff has agreed to an extension through the 2023-24 season. It’s a four-year extension.

This deal gives Bickerstaff a chance to prove himself as a long-term head coach once again. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Since he took over, the team has gone 5-5. Under Beilein, the team went 14-40.

The veteran college basketball coach also allegedly called the players thugs at one point in the season during a film session. There was also tension between the players and the coach before his departure.

Bickerstaff gets to be a permanent coach with long-term security once again not long after being fired by the Memphis Grizzlies. The 41-year-old spent several months as the Cavaliers associate head coach under Beilein before his exit.

He coached the Grizzlies for two seasons during the 17-18 season and 18-19 season. In addition, he served as the Houston Rockets interim head coach in 2015-16.

Bickerstaff guided the Rockets to the playoffs that season. They were defeated in the first round, as they lost four games and won one in the series.

As a head coach, he is 90-136 in 226 games.

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