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Cleveland Cavaliers Parting Ways With Head Coach Larry Drew

A general view of the Cleveland Cavaliers arena.

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 09: A general view during the first half in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

After taking over as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers early in the season, Larry Drew seemed poised to be given a chance to build the team in the off-season. But that won't be the case anymore.

According to NBA insider

Sources: The Cavaliers and head coach Larry Drew have mutually parted ways.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 11, 2019

">Shams Charania, the Cavaliers and Drew have mutually parted ways. Drew finishes his tenure in Cleveland with a 19-57 record as the team's head coach. The Cavaliers were unable to cope with the loss of star forward LeBron James to start the 2018-19 season, and began the campaign with an 0-6 start that resulted in NBA championship-winning coach Ty Lue getting fired. Drew took over in late-October and was promoted to full-time head coach in early-November. But even with the change in direction at head coach, Drew was unable to right the ship. The Cavaliers finished the 2018-19 season with a 19-63 record - their worst record since the 2010-11 season.

The poor record also deprived the Cavaliers of a trip to the NBA playoffs, breaking a four-year streak of NBA Finals appearances that began in the 2015 NBA playoffs.

The silver lining for the Cavaliers is that their poor record puts them in prime position to land the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft via the draft lottery.

If they can secure the No. 1 overall pick, they could get Zion Williamson and become an attractive landing spot again.