The John Beilein Era is ending in Cleveland. It’s just a matter of when, and it looks like when could be as soon as tomorrow.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Jason Lloyd, Beilein and the Cavaliers are in “advanced talks” about parting ways. The divorce is expected to be finalized by Wednesday. It was first reported over the weekend that Beilein’s brief tenure was coming to an end.
Per The Athletic report, Beilein would be forfeiting the remainder of his contract, which was originally for four years with a fifth-year team option. The 67-year-old was hired by the Cavs in May after 12 seasons at the University of Michigan.
It is rare to see a coach step down or be fired in less than one full season, but Beilein’s fit in Cleveland has been disastrous from the start. The Cavs are terrible to begin with, and he’s struggled to mesh with his players. There was also the team meeting incident from early January, when Beilein angered players by saying they were performing “like a bunch of thugs.” The head coach apologized for misspeaking, saying he meant to say slugs.
Overall, Beilein just looks like another case of a lifelong college coach who is elite at that level but miscast as a professional head coach.
Sources: Cavaliers, John Beilein in advanced talks about parting ways by Wednesday — and Beilein walking away from remainder of his contract.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 18, 2020
Once Beilein becomes a coaching free agent, he should generate plenty of Division I interest, assuming he still wants to man the sideline.
After all, he boasts a .640 winning percentage at the collegiate level and took Michigan to a pair of national title games. He’ll be a strong fit for any program looking for a new coach this offseason.