Drew will be the head coach of the Cavaliers for the rest of the 2018-2019 season. Drew took on the role of acting head coach following the firing of Tyronn Lue on October 28. The deal will pay him a buyout if the organization decides to bring in another coach for the 2019-2020 season.
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“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Coach Drew to continue leading the team on the court. He brings important experience and many qualities that we expect to translate well with our team as the head coach,” Cavs general manager Koby Altman said. “We’re looking forward to the ways he can impact the team and help our players continue to grow and find success.”
Drew has been with the Cavaliers organization since 2014. He first served as an assistant coach under David Blatt and Lue. Drew became the associate head coach under Lue in September, 2016.
Drew won his first game as acting head coach on October 30. The story could not repeat itself Monday night as the head coach. The Cavaliers surrendered a nine point third quarter lead against the Orlando Magic. Cavaliers lose 102-100 in Orlando on a game winning shot by Evan Fournier at the buzzer.
Cleveland will try to get win number two of the season Wednesday night. The Cavaliers return home to Quicken Loans Arena to host the Oklahoma City Thunder. Cleveland is now 1-9 on the season.