It appears the Cleveland Cavaliers have seen all they need to know the direction of the franchise in its second post-LeBron era. According to multiple reports, general manager Koby Altman has fired head coach Ty Lue following the team’s 0-6 start, capped off by a 119-107 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Larry Drew will become the team’s interim head coach.
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) October 28, 2018
Ty Lue went 128-83 over three years as Cavaliers head coach, helped guiding team to 2016 championship and three consecutive Finals trips. Cavaliers front office is meeting with assistant Larry Drew now as possible interim coach. https://t.co/b50Nxh91Br
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 28, 2018
After firing Ty Lue, Cleveland planning to promote Larry Drew to interim coach, sources tell ESPN. Management meeting with Drew now.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 28, 2018
Lue was promoted following the team’s midseason firing of David Blatt during the eventual championship season in 2015-16. He was at the helm during the subsequent runs to the NBA Finals, falling short to the Golden State Warriors in both 2017 and 2018.
The Cavaliers had playoff aspirations heading into this season but have thus far mixed a smattering of try-hard outings on the road with embarrassing losses to lesser opponents at home. Drew, with several seasons of head coaching experience, stepped in midway through last season when Lue had to step away due to health-related issues.
The team has yet to confirm this report or issue a statement on the matter. Stay tuned to WFNY for more on this story as it develops.