Vinny Del Negro interviewed with the Cavaliers over the weekend, a league source with knowledge of the interview confirmed, bringing the total to five known coaching candidates who have interviewed for the vacant Cavaliers job. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Cavs aren’t making their coaching search public.
Del Negro, 47, is close personally to Cavs General Manager David Griffin. His contract was not renewed after last season despite guiding the Los Angeles Clippers to a 56-26 finish. They lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs and Del Negro departed amid numerous reports star guard Chris Paul wasn’t in favor of keeping him.
Del Negro also spent two seasons coaching the Chicago Bulls and has a career 210-184 record. Del Negro spent parts of 12 seasons in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns. He left the NBA briefly to play two years in Italy early in his career before returning.
Del Negro joins a list of candidates that also includes Adrian Griffin, Tyronn Lue, Lionel Hollins and Alvin Gentry. Del Negro has also been mentioned as a candidate for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ vacant coaching position.