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The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired head coach David Blatt on Friday, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and David Aldridge of TNT.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported, "LeBron James was informed of the decision to fire David Blatt today" and "was not consulted" on the decision. Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com added no players were consulted as ownership and management made the decision.
Wojnarowski paints a different picture, providing details on James' role in the decision-making process:
Sam Amick of USA Today reported, "Buzz built recently that LeBron and other players were done with Blatt."
Cavaliers assistant coach Tyronn Lue will take over head coaching duties. Wojnarowski says that Lue agreed to a three-year contract with the team worth at least $9.5 million.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens called Blatt "a heck of a coach," adding he "won't be unemployed for long," per Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.
Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said, "I know integrity. I know knowledge. [Blatt] is going to be a sought-after coach. I'm embarrassed for our league that something like this could happen. The other side of this is a good man has been liberated," per Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News.
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