According to a report, former Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew could end up as an assistant on David Blatt’s staff with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reported that Drew, who was fired June 30 when Jason Kidd was hired from the Brooklyn Nets, would join associate head coach Tyronn Lue on the staff with Blatt, who was hired from Maccabi Tel Aviv in June.
Drew coached just one year in Milwaukee, leading the Bucks to an NBA-worst 15-67 record.
Drew had previously coached the Atlanta Hawks for three seasons, posting a mark of 128-102 in the regular season and going 10-14 in the playoffs. The Hawks reached the postseason in each of Drew’s three seasons in Atlanta.
Drew, 56, was the 17th overall pick of the Detroit Pistons in the 1980 NBA Draft out of Missouri and played 10 seasons in the NBA with the Pistons, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers and he also played professionally in Italy.
He spent seven seasons as an assistant with the Lakers, one on the Pistons staff, three years with the Washington Wizards and one with the New Jersey Nets before joining Mike Woodson’s staff in Atlanta in 2004.
After six years as an assistant, Drew became head coach of the Hawks when Woodson’s contract wasn’t renewed after the 2009-10 season.
His contract expired in Atlanta after the 2012-13 season and the Hawks hired former San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer as their new head coach, with Drew winding up in Milwaukee.