Monday, May 17, 2010
Cavs expect answers in 7-10 days
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers began their offseason review. It didn't begin with Mike Brown being shown the door.
Brown remained in place as coach on Monday as the Cavs began working on their assessment of what went wrong this season. Cleveland was ousted from the playoffs last week by the Boston Celtics, who upset the NBA's top regular-season team in six games.
Cavs general manager Danny Ferry and the team's other decision makers took the weekend off to get away from the emotion of the stunning loss, which could hasten superstar LeBron James' exit as a free agent.
On Friday, owner Dan Gilbert said his evaluation of the organization -- "from top to bottom" -- would likely be completed within seven-to-10 days. It's possible the team will act quickly on Brown, who has guided the team to the postseason in each of his five seasons.
If he's let go, Brown, who has one year left on his contract, could be quickly scooped up by one of the six other teams looking for head coaches. Cleveland's assistants also have one year remaining on their deals.
Cleveland's next move will be an interesting one. Because of James' uncertain future, it's possible the Cavs would want his input into their next coaching hire, assuming the two-time MVP is still considering re-signing with Cleveland when free agency opens in July.
If the team fires Brown, it may have to search for a new coach not knowing if James will be back and would have to go into the draft and free agency without a coach.
Meanwhile, rumors continue to surface about James' plans.
The Chicago Tribune reported that William Wesley, who works with James' agent Leon Rose, has talked to the Bulls and other teams about packaging James with Kentucky coach John Calipari. James and Calipari have become friends in recent years.
When the Cavs were beaten last week at home by the Celtics, Calipari sat next to Rose in the front row adjacent to Cleveland's bench.