Cavaliers hire Michigan's John Beilein as head coach, report says

Cleveland has its new coach.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski‏, who cited unidentified league sources, Michigan’s John Beilein has agreed to a five-year contract to become the next head coach of the Cavaliers.

The report noted “talks escalated over the weekend” before a deal was eventually reached on Sunday, adding that Beilein informed his administration and players of his decision Monday morning.

Beilein previously interviewed with the Pistons last season and while he was considered a finalist for the vacant head coach position, Detroit instead hired former Raptors coach Dwane Casey. 

The news comes after the Cavs ramped up their coaching search over the weekend by traveling to Denver to interview four candidates, including Nuggets assistant coach Jordi Fernandez, Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr., Magic assistant Steve Hetzel and Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool.

The hunt began this past season after the team fired Tyronn Lue and named Larry Drew as interim coach. Under Drew, Cleveland posted just a 19-win season.

Beilein, 66, has led Michigan to two Finals Four appearances and four Big 10 titles in his 12-year stint with the Wolverines.

His overall record as a college coach is 754-425 and he leaves the school as the winningest coach in Michigan basketball history.