It appears that John Beilein will be one-and-done in Cleveland, and his tenure may not even last one full season. Jason Lloyd and Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Sunday night that Beilein is not expected to remain the Cavaliers’ head coach beyond this season, and there is increasing momentum for a departure. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst added that the Cavs and Beilein have discussed the coach stepping down during the All-Star break, although no decision has been reached yet.
Beilein has struggled to adjust to the NBA after a successful coaching tenure in college. Beilein most notably came under fire earlier in the season when he told Cavaliers players during a film session that they were playing like a bunch of “thugs”, which some interpreted to be a racial comment. Beilein later clarified that meant to say the Cavs were playing like “slugs”, meaning slow.
Beilein is 14-40 as Cavs coach, and it’s clear that he has been unable to connect with the players and get them to buy in on his vision. Beilein will be a strong candidate to return back to college if he ultimately departs the Cavs, and the new Cavs’ coach would be their seventh head coach since the 2012-13 season.