Reports: John Beilein's future with Cavs in doubt

Beilein could step down by week's end according to ESPN

Daryl Ruiter
February 17, 2020 - 9:39 am
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – It looks like John Beilein’s days as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers are numbered.

According to reports from The Athletic and ESPN late Sunday night, Beilein is not expected to return next season.

Beilein signed a five-year contract to leave Michigan in May.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Beilein has had conversations with team officials about stepping down prior to the start of the second half of the season Friday night at Washington.

Beilein’s first season in Cleveland has been difficult.

The 14-40 Cavs are the worst team in the Eastern Conference and have suffered several blowout losses, including a 41-point defeat – the worst home loss in franchise history to the Warriors, owners of the worst record in the NBA.

Veteran players have grumbled behind the scenes about Beilein’s coaching style.

Beilein had a Freudian slip during a film session when he meant to say his players were playing like slugs but said thugs instead, prompting the coach to issue an apology. He’s had to clarify comments multiple times in the media, including most recently about halftime adjustments.

Should Beilein depart prior to the end of the season, it is expected that associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff would take over as interim coach. The former Memphis Grizzlies coach also served as interim head coach for the Houston rockets during the 2015-16 season.

The Cavaliers could move on to their sixth full or interim head coach in seven seasons.