Larry Drew agrees to deal to coach Cavaliers for rest of season

Larry Drew has agreed to a more concrete deal with the Cavaliers.

Cleveland’s interim coach’s new contract runs through this season and has a partial guarantee into next season, ESPN reported.

This means that not only will Drew be the coach for the rest of the season, but he will have some cushion for the next season, as well. He would get a buyout settlement if the team doesn’t bring him back next season, the report says.

Drew said he did not talk to the team about anything beyond this season.

“The discussion we had was about moving forward with what we have and what we want to accomplish,” he said. “We want to do everything to put (rookie guard) Collin (Sexton) in a position to be successful. We’re going to try and move forward and keep this team competitive.

“I embrace the challenge. My staff embraces the challenge.”

The Cavs have gone 1-2 under Drew, who didn’t want to proceed this season without assurances from the organization. Drew promised to remain professional and do his job during the talks, and the 60-year-old kept his word.

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After ruling the Eastern Conference the past four seasons with LeBron James, Cleveland is going through a difficult transition without the three-time champion.

And beyond the team’s rough start, the Cavs are also trying to cope minus All-Star forward Kevin Love, who may be out two months or more following foot surgery last week.

If that wasn’t enough, the Cavs have also been dealing with guard J.R. Smith wanting to be traded, Sexton struggling and former assistant Jim Boylan filing an age discrimination lawsuit against the team.

General manager Koby Altman is also looking forward to Drew developing a team that entered the season believing it could still compete for the playoffs.

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