With the firing of Mike Brown from the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cavs search for a new head coach will begin and it seems they would like to dip into the Spurs’ coaching ranks yet again to fill the position.
According to Brian Windhorst of Cleveland.com, Spurs’ assistant coach, Mike Budenholzer, is on the Cavs wish-list to take the head-coaching spot for the Cavs:
Nonetheless, the Cavs do have a list. Here’s a look, according to sources, at who is on it.
If the Cavs consider a candidate without head coaching experience, figure Budenholzer to be at the top of that list. He’s been with the San Antonio Spurs for the last 16 seasons and for the last three has been Gregg Popovich’s lead assistant. He has a relationship with Ferry and other members of the Cavs organization.
The belief is that Budenholzer is the coach-in-waiting for when Popovich decides to give up coaching duties. The Spurs may not be willing to give him up.
This wouldn’t be the first time the Cavs dip into the Spurs’ assistant coaching ranks. Brown was an assistant coach for the Spurs for three seasons before leaving to Cleveland to take the head coaching spot in 2005.
As much as losing Budenholzer would hurt, he does deserve a shot at a head coaching position in the NBA.