CLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein left Michigan following a successful 12-year run to take his shot in the NBA, signing a five-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.
The 66-year-old Beilein wasn’t thought to be on the team’s radar, but the Cavs are confident he’s the right choice to continue their rebuild and get them back to relevance following a 19-63 season.
The deal with Beilein came together quickly and was finalized Sunday after the Cavs had spent the weekend in Denver interviewing several NBA assistants.
The Cavs were able to lure Beilein away from Michigan, where he was the winningest coach in school history with a 278-150 record in 12 seasons. He had talks with the Detroit Pistons last year, but said he was never offered that job.