David Blatt Gets a Job in Turkey

According to a report, Blatt has been hired as coach of Turkish club Darussafaka. His former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, begin their NBA finals bid Thursday night.

By Jonathan Zalman|June 1, 2016 5:07 PM


According to European basketball reporter David Pick, David Blatt has once again found employment as a head coach (and deservedly so):


The former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, who was fired in January [3], is reportedly close to signing on for around $2 million a year, a figure more or less akin [4] to lowest salary for an NBA head coach. Apparently the Knicks, Rockets, Kings [5] and Timberwolves [6] (before the club hired Tom Thibodeau in April), along with other European teams, were all considering signing on Blatt.

Blatt’s firing [3] from the Cavs mid-season [5], not six months after leading the club to within two games of the NBA title, was a bit jarring, even controversial [7]. Blatt, 57, is an accomplished coach who knows the European game [8], claiming the Euroleague title with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2014. And while this is fantastic news for Blatt’s career (and wallet), the timing also has some bite: On Thursday, his former team is heading back to the NBA Finals, looking stronger than ever.

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Five Things to Know About David Blatt [12]
David Blatt Makes NBA Coaching Debut [13]
David Blatt to Coach LeBron James in Cleveland [14]
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