- Associated Press - Thursday, June 19, 2014

CLEVELAND — A person familiar with the decision says the Cavaliers have offered successful European coach David Blatt their coaching job and are discussing a contract.

After an exhaustive, five-week search, the Cavs zeroed in on Blatt and are in negotiations with him, said the person who spoke Thursday night to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting.

Yahoo! first reported Cleveland’s offer to Blatt.

The 55-year-old Blatt recently resigned as coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, this year’s Euroleague champions, to pursue his dream of coaching in the NBA. He was coveted as an assistant by Minnesota and Golden State.

Blatt, who was born in Massachusetts and played at Princeton, is regarded as one of the game’s best offensive strategists. Cavs general manager David Griffin set out to find an offensive-minded coach after the club fired Mike Brown on May 12.