The Cavaliers‘ moves this summer won’t include a coaching change, writes Kelsey Russo of The Athletic. Speaking to reporters on Friday, president of basketball operations Koby Altman quashed any rumors that the team might consider replacing head coach J.B. Bickerstaff following a first-round playoff exit.
“Yes. Absolutely,” Altman replied when asked if the organization remains committed to Bickerstaff. “There’s no question about that. I mean, look what he’s accomplished. It’s actually funny, I’ve not heard that, maybe because I haven’t been reading or not on Twitter, but I’ve not heard that noise. So that’s not even a question. […] End that speculation.”
Bickerstaff led the Cavaliers to a fourth-place finish in the East, and their 51 wins were the most since LeBron James left for Los Angeles in 2018. Altman said he worked with Bickerstaff on exit interviews this week, giving advice to players on how to improve during the offseason. He also credited Bickerstaff with building a culture in the post-LeBron era.
“You can’t fluke your way into 51 wins,” Altman said. “You can’t fluke your way into the No. 1 defensive rating in the NBA. That’s coaching. I know we have great defensive personnel, but you have to have buy-in from them, and that comes from the head coach. And so we’re extremely happy with J.B. and the job he’s done.”
Altman addressed several other topics in his session with the media:
- The Cavaliers won’t panic after their short playoff run, and Altman said fans shouldn’t expect “sweeping changes” this summer, Russo adds. Many of the team’s rotation players were in the playoffs for the first time, and Altman believes the organization can build on that experience. “I also think the strength of our roster is the fact that we’re positioned really well for the future with the guys that are most important under contract,” he said. “… We have to look at what’s the piece that we really want to improve and enhance and then use the vehicle that we have to go do that.”
- Re-signing free agent forward Caris LeVert will be an offseason priority, Altman said. Russo notes that LeVert’s role with the team changed after Donovan Mitchell was acquired last summer, and he evolved into a sixth man and secondary playmaker as the season progressed. “He’s a big part of our attack,” Altman said, “and it’s a big reason why, at the deadline, I didn’t do anything because he was a big part of what we were doing and I didn’t want to lose that. So we’d be fortunate to have him back.”
- Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley were outplayed during the Knicks’ series, but there’s no thought of splitting up the big man duo, Altman adds. Allen is signed for three more years at $20MM annually, and Mobley is still on his rookie contract. “When you have the level of success that you’ve had with those two, it’s really hard to say, ‘Oh let’s just break them up based off one playoff series,’” Altman stated.
6 thoughts on “Cavaliers Won’t Consider Replacing J.B. Bickerstaff”
Cavs need Andrew Wiggins or Draymond
Warriors can trade Draymond and Moody to Cavs for Allen and Rubio
You’re on crack
That trade is beyond horrible for the Cavs.
The Cavs might consider Wiggins and Looney for Allen and Rubio but the Warriors wouldn’t touch that.
Cavs are young team. They popped their playoff cherry. They’ll be back. Trust me Cavs and Knicks are the future. Cavs need shooters and bench scoring. Gotta resign LeVert.
Bickerstaff is fine.
That ridiculous trade Altman made for Donovan Mitchell has ruined what was a promising young team. They now have no depth, Mitchell is eating up a good portion of the payroll, he talks after every game to the media like it’s his team and the other guys don’t count, and he sucked big time in the Knicks series.
I pointed this out a few months ago about the trade and one poster agreed with me. He said the Cavs wouldn’t get out of the 2nd round. Appears he was wrong about that.
Cavs won’t get out from under that trade anytime soon.