Cavaliers, Michigan HC Beilein agree to 5-year deal

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The college basketball world was stunned on Monday morning when ESPN broke the news that the Cleveland Cavaliers had hired Michigan's John Beilein as their next head coach.

Howard has been mentioned in rumors in the immediate aftermath of Beilein's hiring as both a candidate for MI, or to go to Cleveland as one of his top assistants. Normally, it's just $3.99 a month, which works out to about 13 cents a day.

The Cavaliers went back to college to get a coach.

As with any new coach in the NBA, Beilein would benefit from some experience on his first coaching staff. MI lost to Louisville in 2013 and Villanova in 2018.

The Cavs are rebuilding following a 19-63 season that followed the departure of LeBron James.

Beilein's move to Division I started in 1992 at Canisus, where he coached for five seasons and led the Griffins to two NIT appearances and an NCAA tournament bid, and continued at Richmond. Drew took over after the team fired Tyronn Lue in October.

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You may recall that he met with the Detroit Pistons a year ago about a coaching position. Per Wojnarowski, the Cavs have been internally using the term "culture driver" when speaking of the possibility of hiring Beilein. Per Wojnarowski, Beilein has been reassured by owner Dan Gilbert that his value system will be installed with the Cavs.

Beilein will inherit a young Cleveland team that includes All-Star forward Kevin Love and point guard Collin Sexton, who had a strong rookie season.

Cleveland finished tied with Phoenix for the league's second-worst record behind NY.

Donovan's name has already popped up as a possible target for Michigan AD Warde Manuel.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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