Jan 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; NBA coach Phil Jackson (left) and actor John Lithgow watch the game between the UCLA Bruins and the Arizona Wildcats at Pauley Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cleveland Cavaliers would have been interested in Phil Jackson

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been a mess for the most part this season. The roster doesn’t exactly fit, there may been multiple reports on infighting and their big free agent signing (Andrew Bynum) was dismissed from the team and ultimately traded away.

All of the dysfunction resulted in GM Chris Grant feeling fired on Feb. 6 and the organization promoted David Griffin to interim GM. The team has been up and down since. In all likelihood, the Cavaliers will be on the outside of the playoffs again this April. Knowing Dan Gilbert, the Cavaliers will be looking to make a name-brand upgrade this offseason – whether it is a front office head or a player. And according to Bob Finnan of The Morning Journal, the Cavaliers would have been interested in Phil Jackson this offseason had not been hired by the New York Knicks. From his piece:

The Cavs would have been interested in Phil Jackson in some capacity in their front office for next year. The Knicks moved quickly and wrapped things up. He is expected to sign a five-year deal that will pay him $12 million, according to ESPN.com. Some observers wonder if Jackson is ready to roll up his sleeves and watch three hours of video of some prospect from North Dakota. Apparently, he’s ready to work.

Finnan also notes that the Cavs are highly unlikely to fire head coach Mike Brown at the end of the season due to the size of the contract he is on. If they were to fire Brown, the Cavs would have to pay him for the remainder of his five-year, $20 million dollar contract. They are also paying former coach Byron Scott – meaning the Cavaliers would be paying three coaches at once.

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