CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers will not bring back coach Larry Drew for a second season, the team announced Thursday.
Drew led the Cavs to a record of 19-57; He took over when Tyronn Lue was fired on October 28 after a 0-6 start.
The team said it came to a mutual decision with Drew.
"We have great respect and appreciation for Larry and the work he did as head coach of the Cavaliers for most of the 2018-19 season, bringing professionalism, clbad and constant leadership both last season and the previous four years." said the general. Manager Koby Altman said in a statement.
"Larry and I had a productive discussion about last season, the future of the franchise and the search process that we will soon launch with respect to the role of head coach." Larry respectfully declined to participate in the search process and will not return to the coach Gentlemen, all of us in Cleveland wish Larry nothing but the best in the future. "
Drew was praised by the players for guiding them through a season full of injuries, the first since LeBron James left as a free agent. Altman will now hire the fifth Cavs coach since 2013.
Drew, 61, had been with the Cavs since 2016, when Lue took him to Cleveland. The team won the NBA title in Drew's first season on Lue's staff.
"I am very proud of what we have achieved in recent years together and will always appreciate our championship," Drew said in a statement. "I also want to congratulate our players this season for the bond they established, the way they approached their work and the hard work and growth they had every day, I am very proud of them and wish them well as they continue to develop. the future."
When he replaced Lue, Drew knew that the Cavs could go in another direction at some point and asked the team to restructure his contract.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.