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Tuesday / November 12.
  • Michigan’s John Beilein agrees to five-year deal to coach Cleveland Cavaliers

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Michigan’s John Beilein has agreed to a five-year deal to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Beilien, 66, is 754-425 (.640) as a head coach and 278-150 (.650) at Michigan. He led the Wolverines to the NCAA title game in 2018, losing to Villanova, and in 2013, losing to Louisville.

    The Cavaliers fired Tyronn Lue after an 0-6 start to last season and assistant Larry Drew then coached the team for the remainder of the season. He was fired in April.

    Beilein had been pursued by Orlando and Detroit last year, “but felt differently this time around,” Wojnarowski reported.

    “Cleveland wants John Beilein’s values invested into their program,” Wojnarowsi said on ESPN Monday morning. “This is one of the great offensive tacticians in all of basketball.”

    Beilein will be in Chicago for the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday when the Cavaliers hope to land the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. The Cavs have a 14 percent chance at the No. 1 pick — presumed to be Zion Williamson — as do the Knicks and Suns.

    Michigan now has an opening at one of the most prestigious programs in America. Click here for the latest look at the College Coaching Carousel.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.