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New Cavaliers coach David Blatt will face his former Israeli team in exhibition game

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2013, file photo, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv coach  David Blatt gestures to his players during their Euroleague basketball match against Lithuania's BC Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius,  Lithuania. The Cleveland Cavaliers offered the successful European coach its coaching job Thursday night, June 19,2 014, and is discussing a contract with him, said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting.  (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2013, file photo, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv coach David Blatt gestures to his players during their Euroleague basketball match against Lithuania's BC Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius, Lithuania. The Cleveland Cavaliers offered the successful European coach its coaching job Thursday night, June 19,2 014, and is discussing a contract with him, said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)  (The Associated Press)

New Cavaliers coach David Blatt will face his former team from Israel in an exhibition game.

One of Europe's top coaches, Blatt was hired last week by the Cavs. He'll coach against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Oct. 5 as this year's Euroleague champions begin their U.S. tour against Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena. Maccabi will play at Brooklyn two nights later.

Blatt spent six seasons coaching at Maccabi. He signed a three-year deal with the Cavs on Friday, ending the club's 39-day search for their third coach in three years. The 55-year-old Blatt will be introduced at a news conference Wednesday.

Blatt is the first European coach to make the jump to the NBA. He led Russia to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.