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Cavaliers Will Keep J.B. Bickerstaff As Head Coach, Won’t Conduct Search In Offseason

The Cleveland Cavaliers have promoted J.B. Bickerstaff as permanent head coach to replace John Beilein.

The Cavaliers always had a succession plan for Bickerstaff to replace Beilein upon the latter's retirement.

Because this agreement was essentially built into the contract Bickerstaff signed and a big reason why he came to Cleveland in the first place, there will be no coaching search this offseason for the Cavaliers.

Bickerstaff is the fourth head coach of the Cavaliers since the start of the 18-19 season.

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NBA’s Local TV Viewership For Top-4 Rated Teams Down 57 Percent Since 17-18

Local ratings for the four NBA teams with the highest local television ratings is 3.3, according to data from Sports Business Daily.

Just two seasons ago the four teams with the highest local ratings were at 7.6, representing a 57 percent drop.

During the 17-18 season, the four most-watched teams were the Warriors at a 8.87 rating, the Cavaliers at 8.21, the Thunder at 7.01 and the Spurs at 6.45.

The Spurs lead the NBA in local television ratings at 3.51.

Kevin Durant Publicly Rules Out Returning This Season

Kevin Durant was asked by Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report if there's any chance of him playing this season and he finally gave a definitive answer.

"No, I don't think so," said Durant. "Not for now."

Rooks pressed him on the question.

"No! No. The best thing for me is to continue the rehab, get as strong as I can and focus on next season," said Durant.

Durant suffered a torn Achilles in Game 5 of The Finals.

Rival Execs Expect Giannis Antetokounmpo To Re-Sign With Bucks

With the Milwaukee Bucks owning the best record in the NBA and the prohibitive favorites to reach The Finals out of the Eastern Conference, Giannis Antetokounmpo has a multitude of reasons to sign a supermax extension this offseason.

"Given how well the Bucks are playing, every executive we spoke to expects Antetokounmpo to re-sign with Milwaukee," writes Tim Bontemps of ESPN.

If Antetokounmpo were to decide to wait on signing a supermax during the 2020 offseason, he will become a free agent in 2021.

Antetokounmpo won MVP last season and is the prohibitive favorite to win again this season.

Karl-Anthony Towns Out Indefinitely With Wrist Injury

Karl-Anthony Towns is out indefinitely after injuring his left wrist.

Ryan Saunders held Towns out of practice, and said he didn't know how many games he would miss.

An MRI last week revealed the injury.

Towns missed 15 games earlier this season with a left knee sprain.

Clint Capela Out At Least Two More Weeks With Heel Injury

Clint Capela will miss at least two more weeks as he recovers from a heel injury. Capela hasn't played since Jan. 29 due to injury and was acquired by the Atlanta Hawks from the Houston Rockets ahead of the trade deadline.

The team says Capela started "participating in modified shooting while continuing non-impact conditioning and strength work as part of his rehabilitation."

Capela was averaging 13.9 points and 13.8 rebounds per game for the Rockets this season.

Kris Dunn Out At Least 4-6 More Weeks With MCL Sprain

Kris Dunn underwent an MRI and re-examination on Friday, Feb. 14 by Dr. Brian Cole at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. He will continue his current rehabilitation program of his medial collateral ligament sprain for the next 4-6 weeks before progressing to functional training.

A determination will be made at that time if additional treatment is required.

David Stern Thought Some NBA Fans Acted Like They Believe In Indentured Servitude

While David Stern believed it was best for the stars of the NBA to stay in their original markets and the CBA has incentivized that to a certain degree, he did object to the attitude of fans about players actually having the choice to leave as a free agent.

"I don't like what's coming out now from fans, as though they believe in indentured servitude," Stern told Ethan Strauss.

Players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant have received widespread criticism for their decisions in free agency.

John Beilein Gave Up More Than $12M In Guaranteed Money

The Cleveland Cavaliers and John Beilein agreed to part ways on Tuesday, ending a short and fraught tenure for the longtime college head coach in the NBA.

Beilein agreed to walk away from more than $12 million guaranteed on his four-year contract.

The success Beilein found in a very different college game with unpaid players at Michigan and West Virginia didn't translate to the NBA.

Beilein is said to have shown no consistency in relating to players or in building lasting relationships with them.

"He was a dictator - not a coach suited for today's NBA," one source said.

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