Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

MI basketball coach John Beilein leaving for the NBA

MI basketball coach John Beilein leaving for the NBA

According to Wojnarowski, Beilein reached a deal Sunday and informed the team of his decision to leave on Monday morning.

University of MI basketball coach John Beilein is leaving for the NBA. For a month, it's completely free!

University of MI coach John Beilein has agreed to a five-year contract to become the Cleveland Cavaliers' coach, league sources told ESPN.

It's OK to be happy about the Wolverines losing their best coach in decades and a top-five coach in the country, but what he brought to the rivalry and the amount of respect he showed to Michigan State and the game of basketball will be missed.

Talks between Beilein and the Cavaliers had been running concurrently with the franchise's search, which culminated with final interviews with their other candidates on Saturday in Denver, sources said. In addition to his two Final Four appearances, Beilein has won Big Ten titles at MI in 2012 and 2014, and he won the Big Ten Tournament in 2017 and 2018.

Beilein, 66, will take the reins of the roster from interim-turned-head coach Larry Drew who coached the majority of 2018-19 after Tyronn Lue was dismissed in October.

He reportedly interviewed for the Detroit Pistons coaching job last season, but ultimately signed the extension with MI.

Donovan won two national championships and 467 games in 18 seasons at Florida, he's already scratched that NBA itch and is just 53 years old.

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