According to Sham Charania, the Cleveland Cavaliers have parted ways with Larry Drew after he totaled a 19-57 record in the 2018-19 season.
CLEVELAND – Following the October firing of Tyronn Lue, the Cleveland Cavaliers agreed to terms with promoted assistant coach Larry Drew, adding a second year to the contract of their new head coach.
It appears, however, Drew won’t be making it to the second year of that contract. On Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the Cavs and Drew have agreed to mutually part ways.
Despite the extension Drew signed earlier in the season, the parting was largely expected. After succeeding Lue following Cleveland’s 0-6 start to the 2018-19 season, Drew proceeded to compile a 19-57 record in 76 games with the Cavs finishing the year with the third-worst record in the league.
Injuries didn’t help Drew’s cause, nor did the cautious approach the team took with its personnel with the playoffs firmly out of reach. Due in part to injury and rest, All-Star forward Kevin Love appeared in just 22 games, with center Tristan Thompson playing in a career-low 43 contests for similar reasons.
Veteran shooting guard J.R. Smith, meanwhile, mutually parted ways with the team on Nov. 20 but remained on the roster through the end of the season.
In addition rarely having his roster at full capacity, Drew found himself dealing with different – and sometimes mismatched — personnel throughout the year, with the Cavs making three significant trades throughout the season. In those deals, which saw Cleveland part ways with veterans such as Kyle Korver, George Hill and Alec Burks, the Cavs prioritized acquiring draft picks while also taking on salary and players that didn’t necessarily mesh with their on-court needs.
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