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Person with knowledge of search: Cavaliers to interview former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Blatt

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv's head coach David Blatt speaks in a news conference in Tel Aviv, Israel,Thursday, June 12, 2014. David Blatt has stepped down as coach of European club champion Maccabi Tel Aviv to pursue a job in the NBA. Blatt told a news conference on Thursday he wanted to fulfil his "dream" of coaching in the NBA. He says he is weighing offers from unnamed teams. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors are all believed to be interested. Blatt, who grew up near Boston and played college ball at Princeton, has had a successful career coaching overseas. Last month, he led Maccabi to an upset win over Real Madrid in the European basketball championship. At a championship celebration, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu playfully told Blatt not to leave. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Maccabi Tel Aviv's head coach David Blatt speaks in a news conference in Tel Aviv, Israel,Thursday, June 12, 2014. David Blatt has stepped down as coach of European club champion Maccabi Tel Aviv to pursue a job in the NBA. Blatt told a news conference on Thursday he wanted to fulfil his "dream" of coaching in the NBA. He says he is weighing offers from unnamed teams. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors are all believed to be interested. Blatt, who grew up near Boston and played college ball at Princeton, has had a successful career coaching overseas. Last month, he led Maccabi to an upset win over Real Madrid in the European basketball championship. At a championship celebration, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu playfully told Blatt not to leave. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv's head coach David Blatt speaks in a news conference in Tel Aviv, Israel,Thursday, June 12, 2014. David Blatt has stepped down as coach of European club champion Maccabi Tel Aviv to pursue a job in the NBA. Blatt told a news conference on Thursday he wanted to fulfil his "dream" of coaching in the NBA. He says he is weighing offers from unnamed teams. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors are all believed to be interested. Blatt, who grew up near Boston and played college ball at Princeton, has had a successful career coaching overseas. Last month, he led Maccabi to an upset win over Real Madrid in the European basketball championship. At a championship celebration, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu playfully told Blatt not to leave. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Maccabi Tel Aviv's head coach David Blatt speaks in a news conference in Tel Aviv, Israel,Thursday, June 12, 2014. David Blatt has stepped down as coach of European club champion Maccabi Tel Aviv to pursue a job in the NBA. Blatt told a news conference on Thursday he wanted to fulfil his "dream" of coaching in the NBA. He says he is weighing offers from unnamed teams. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors are all believed to be interested. Blatt, who grew up near Boston and played college ball at Princeton, has had a successful career coaching overseas. Last month, he led Maccabi to an upset win over Real Madrid in the European basketball championship. At a championship celebration, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu playfully told Blatt not to leave. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv's head coach David Blatt poses for photographers with the Israeli cup, European club champions cup and the Israeli club champions trophy after a news conference in Tel Aviv, Israel,Thursday, June 12, 2014. David Blatt has stepped down as coach of European club champion Maccabi Tel Aviv to pursue a job in the NBA. Blatt told a news conference on Thursday he wanted to fulfil his "dream" of coaching in the NBA. He says he is weighing offers from unnamed teams. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors are all believed to be interested. Blatt, who grew up near Boston and played college ball at Princeton, has had a successful career coaching overseas. Last month, he led Maccabi to an upset win over Real Madrid in the European basketball championship. At a championship celebration, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu playfully told Blatt not to leave. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Maccabi Tel Aviv's head coach David Blatt poses for photographers with the Israeli cup, European club champions cup and the Israeli club champions trophy after a news conference in Tel Aviv, Israel,Thursday, June 12, 2014. David Blatt has stepped down as coach of European club champion Maccabi Tel Aviv to pursue a job in the NBA. Blatt told a news conference on Thursday he wanted to fulfil his "dream" of coaching in the NBA. He says he is weighing offers from unnamed teams. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors are all believed to be interested. Blatt, who grew up near Boston and played college ball at Princeton, has had a successful career coaching overseas. Last month, he led Maccabi to an upset win over Real Madrid in the European basketball championship. At a championship celebration, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu playfully told Blatt not to leave. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

A person familiar with the Cavaliers' wide-ranging coaching search says the team will interview former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt.

Blatt announced Thursday in Israel that he's leaving the European champion to pursue an unspecified job in the NBA. He'll meet with the Cavs next week, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not discussing any aspect of its search.

Blatt has known Cavs general manager David Griffin for years.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer was first to report Blatt's interview.

Blatt is the latest candidate to interview with the Cavs, who will have a second meeting with Clippers assistant coach Alvin Gentry on Friday.

The Cavs are looking for their third coach in three years after firing Mike Brown on May 12.