The Cleveland Cavaliers will not renew assistant coach Jim Boylan and player development coach Phil Handy’s contracts, according to ESPN.
The Cavs are coming off a playoff run that ended in a 4-0 Finals defeat to the Golden State Warriors. And while such a post-season performance would be envied by most NBA teams, the Cavs find themselves in a place of uncertainty in the off-season.
The manner of their defeat to the Warriors, or more bluntly put, their inability to compete with the Warriors has left many fearing superstar LeBron James’ departure in the summer. If James were to leave for pastures new, Cleveland’s roster would likely undergo a major facelift.
However, it seems the Cavs are already preparing to shuffle their coaching staff as well after failing to hand Boylan and Handy new contracts. Player development coach Dan Geroit will be promoted full-time assistant coach, while Damon Jones will take on a front-of-the-bench assistant coaching role.
Boylan and Handy are not the first members of the Cavs’ 2017/18 coaching staff to depart in the offseason. In fact, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s had reported that, Vitaly Potapenko, a member of the player development staff, left for an assistant coaching position with the Memphis Grizzlies.
With the potential of James’ departure looming, the Cavs will have to move quickly in the off-season to either retain the King’s services or acquire the necessary pieces to somewhat offset his exit.
It seems only acquiring an elite-level talent in the vein of a Kawhi Leonard would keep James in Cleveland. Still, it must be said that such a task seems insurmountable given the Cavs extensive payroll and relatively shallow roster. Only Kevin Love would represent a player of value to be moved on, and the Spurs would likely require additional pieces to part ways with Leonard.
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