An assistant fight?
In an interesting behind-the-scenes fight, the Cavaliers might find themselves attempting to make a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers -- for an assistant coach. The Blazers' highly respected player development specialist, Tim Grgurich, is one of the highest-paid assistant coaches in the NBA.
Grgurich and Cavaliers coach Mike Brown have a long history, and team officials have confirmed there's interest in him joining Brown's staff. But Grgurich has one more year on his contract and, according to a report in Saturday's Portland Oregonian, the Blazers want compensation to let him go -- even though they've stopped paying him. That's is a virtually unheard of circumstance in the NBA.
According to several league insiders, the Blazers had promised Grgurich they'd let him out of his contract if he returned to work with the Blazers' young players after coach Maurice Cheeks was fired in the middle of last season. That apparently hasn't come to pass.
Brown had been holding several spots on his coaching staff for Larry Brown's assistants if he hadn't been hired by the New York Knicks. With that out of the way, Mike Brown is expected to start hiring coaches. He's already hired Hank Egan, and Kenny Natt is expected to be retained from Paul Silas' staff.