Two nights after the season finale, the team and Drew have mutually parted ways.
“We have great respect and appreciation for Larry and the job that he did as the head coach of the Cavaliers for nearly the entire 2018-19 campaign. He brought professionalism, class and steady leadership both this past season and prior four years,” said Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman in a press release. “Larry and I had a productive discussion about this past season, the future of the franchise and the search process that we will shortly launch regarding the head coaching role. Larry respectfully declined to participate in the search process and will not be returning to coach the Cavaliers. All of us in Cleveland wish Larry nothing but the best going forward.”
The 61-year-old took over the team six games into the season, on October 28, after then-coach Tyronn Lue was fired following an 0-6 start to the season. Cleveland finished the season 19-63, which was the second worst record in the Eastern Conference.
The Cavaliers reached a deal with Drew last November adding a second year to his contract as head coach.
However, Drew’s current contract expired with the conclusion of the 2018-19 Cavaliers season.
“I want to thank Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, the entire organization, and especially our fans, for what has been a very special and rewarding time here in Cleveland. Koby and I had a good discussion following the season and have both decided that the best decision for each of us was that I would not return to coach the team,” said Drew in a press release. “I am very proud of what we accomplished over the last several years together and will always cherish our Championship. I also want to commend our players this season for the bond that they established, the way they approached their jobs and the hard work and growth they had every day. I am very proud of them and wish them the best as they continue to develop for the future.”