The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to interview David Adelman, an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets.

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs have received permission to interview Nuggets assistant David Adelman for their head coaching job. Adelman, 43, has been with the Nuggets since 2017 and has also worked for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic. He is also the son of longtime NBA head coach and Hall of Famer Rick Adelman.

Adelman, who has also interviewed for the open head coach position with the Los Angeles Lakers, is the leading assistant on Michael Malone’s coaching staff in Denver. At the conclusion of the Nuggets’ season, Malone commended Adelman, expressing his belief that Adelman is prepared to become a head coach.

Adelman is among the known candidates for the Cavaliers’ head coaching job, along with Kenny Atkinson, James Borrego, Chris Quinn, Micah Nori, and Johnnie Bryant. Renowned for his offensive expertise, an area the Cavaliers need to enhance, Adelman would meet many of their criteria if they decide to hire a first-time head coach. Whether he ends up in Cleveland this summer or elsewhere in the future, he’s expected to become a head coach and likely a successful one.


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