NBA: Cavs interview 4 in coaching search -- report

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Posted at May 12 2019 11:05 AM

Jordan Clarkson #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Larry Nance Jr. #22 of the Cleveland Cavaliers high-five during a game on March 22, 2019 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. David Liam Kyle, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

The Cleveland Cavaliers expanded their coaching search with four interviews in Denver on Saturday, according to a report from ESPN.

Denver Nuggets assistants Jordi Fernandez and Wes Unseld Jr., and Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool, were among the interviewees, according to the report. 

The team also met with Orlando Magic assistant Steve Hetzel.

The Cavaliers have also received permission to interview Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts once the Western Conference semifinals series between Portland and Denver ends, according to the report.

Cleveland interviewed San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina earlier this week, according to ESPN, and is said to have previously interviewed Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard, Dallas Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley and Utah Jazz assistant Alex Jensen.

Cleveland finished the season at 19-63, struggling in its first year of the post-LeBron James era. 

The Cavaliers abruptly fired coach Tyronn Lue in October after an 0-6 start and replaced him with assistant coach Larry Drew, whom they parted with after the season.

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