Michigan’s John Beilein makes jump to NBA as next head coach of Cleveland Cavaliers

Head coach John Beilein of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional game (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan’s head basketball coach is making the jump to the NBA.

John Beilein agreed to a five-year contract to become the Cleveland Cavaliers next head coach, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski reported that Beilein reached a deal with the Cavs on Sunday, and he told the Michigan administration and his players on Monday morning. The team confirmed the move on its website later Monday after the report surfaced.

In his 12 seasons as Michigan’s head coach, Beilein coached the team to two Finals Fours and four Big 10 titles.

The Cavaliers have been looking for a coach since parting ways with Larry Drew after a 19-63 season. It was the team’s first season post-Lebron James. Drew took over six games into the season after Tyronn Lue was fired.

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