The relationship between the Cleveland Cavaliers’ coaching staff and franchise’s front office has “reached the point of hostility,” as former Cleveland.com beat writer Chris B. Haynes said in a Sunday afternoon Facebook video.
Haynes left the Cavaliers’ beat earlier this week to take a job with ESPN covering the Golden State Warriors, but he seems to have maintained connections within the team to get the scoop about the current feud between the internal sides.
The major problem here is that the Cavaliers’ coaching staff, outside of head coach Tyronn Lue and assistant Larry Drew, still do not have contracts for the coming season. Their deals expired on July 1 and they have not been re-signed as it stands today. Some of them even worked at the Las Vegas Summer League for no pay because they were not under contract.
On top of that, the Cavaliers exercised Drew’s option for next year. The trouble is, he is now the associate head coach and not the third assistant, which is where he was the deal was originally agreed upon. Lue has made it clear that he wants all of the coaches back on his staff, but the Cavaliers’ brass seems unwilling to negotiate at this time.
Haynes calls it “unbelievable” that the reigning NBA Champions are in a situation as hostile as this. The Cavaliers are no strangers to winning through adversity. In January, the franchise fired head coach David Blatt but still went on to claim the Eastern Conference crown before eventually winning a NBA title and Larry O’Brien Trophy.