August 21, 2014

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Cavs coaching search: Vinny Del Negro is fifth candidate to interview

The Cavaliers have now interviewed five people for their vacant head coaching job.

Former Clippers and Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro, who has a close personal relationship with Cavs general manager David Griffin, was interviewed over the weekend.

Twelve-year veteran head coach Alvin Gentry, former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin and Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue have also spoken with the Cavs, who fired Mike Brown on May 12 after a 33-49 season.

Del Negro, 47, did not have his contract renewed as head coach of the Clippers after a 56-26 season in 2012-13. The favored Clippers lost to Memphis in the first round of the playoffs and All-Star point guard Chris Paul reportedly was not in favor of Del Negro returning.

Del Negro previously coached the Bulls for two seasons and owns a 210-184 career record. He also worked with David Griffin in Phoenix, where Del Negro served as a broadcaster, director of player personnel and assistant general manager.

Del Negro, whose name has also been mentioned in connection with Minnesota’s coaching opening, played for five teams — the Kings, Spurs, Bucks, Warriors and Suns — in a 12-year NBA career. He was originally a second-round pick out of North Carolina State.

Gentry, 59, has been a head coach with the Suns, Pistons, Clippers and Heat, compiling a 335-370 record. Currently an assistant with the Clippers, he also worked with David Griffin in Phoenix.

Hollins, 60, owns a 214-201 career record, all with the Grizzlies.

Lue, 37, has been an assistant under the highly regarded Doc Rivers, first in Boston and now with the Clippers, since 2009. He reportedly impressed the Cavs during his interview.

Adrian Griffin, 39, has been an assistant to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau since 2010. He also impressed during his interview, according to reports.

In other news, small forward Luol Deng, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, received one first-team vote and four points total for the NBA All-Defensive team. He was the only Cavs player to receive a vote.

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