CLEVELAND - UPDATE: Sources tell NewsChannel5's Mike Cairns that the Cleveland Cavaliers they have hired Euro League coach David Blatt as their new head coach.
Seven days before the NBA draft and the Cavaliers have identified the man they want to become the team's next head coach: 55-year-old David Blatt.
Blatt resigned as head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv after winning a European League Championship this past season to pursue his lifelong dream of coaching in the NBA.
The Cavaliers had reportedly narrowed down their head coaching choices to two earlier in the day — Los Angeles Clippers Assistant Tyronn Lue and Blatt.
The Cavaliers may have had their own time frame sped up when reports began to circulate that Blatt was ready to accept an assistant coaching job with Golden State.
Blatt was born and raised in Massachusetts and played his college basketball for hall of fame coach Pete Carill at Princeton.
The Cavaliers have not confirmed or denied the rumors but all indications are the negotiations could be done by as early as Friday with an announcement following.
The NBA Draft takes place next Thursday, June 26.