Report: James Borrego ‘Leader In The Clubhouse’ For Cavaliers Coaching Job

According to NBA reporter Chris Fedor of, James Borrego is the “leader in the clubhouse” for the Cleveland Cavaliers coaching job. 

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Borrego met with the Cavaliers on Tuesday (6/11).

“Sources tell that New Orleans Pelicans assistant James Borrego, who has been viewed as the ‘leader in the clubhouse’ since late last week, met with president of basketball operations Koby Altman and other members of the organization on Tuesday,” Fedor wrote. 

Borrego has coached the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets. He is 148-183 in the regular season.

Borrego has never made the playoffs as a head coach. 

The Cavaliers lost to the Boston Celtics in the second round of this year’s playoffs in five games after beating the Magic in the first round in seven games. 

“Borrego, a Gregg Popovich protégé and two-time champion as an assistant, has a 148-183 mark as head coach with Charlotte and Orlando,” Fedor wrote. “Multiple sources describe him as humble, innovative, engaging and diplomatic. Even though he has his own general ideals and philosophies, he is willing to learn and listen. All those qualities, sources say, have come across to the Cavs in their multiple interviews with him over the last few weeks.”

The Cavaliers will meet with Kenny Atkinson this week as well. Most people around the NBA expect Cleveland to hire Borrego or Atkinson.

The Los Angeles Lakers are interested in Borrego too. 

Cavaliers star Donovan Mitchell can sign a four-year, $208 million extension this offseason. He is under contract for next season and has a $37 million player option for 2025-26.

If Mitchell becomes a free agent in 2025, he is eligible to sign for a max of five years and $269.9 million with the team that holds his Bird rights (the Cavaliers now) or four years, $200.1 million with a new team.

If Mitchell doesn’t sign an extension with the Cavaliers this offseason, the thought is that Cleveland will look to trade him before free agency in the offseason of 2025.

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  1. Pattern claim / theory

    Cavs don’t like hiring former NBA players..

    When they do, and then won a championship, a disrespectful and premature exit not long after.

    Larry Drew.. could have stayed longer.

    In past 21 years, Gilbert’s ownership, how many of those years have we had a former NBA player coaching our NBA players? (I’ve got 7.5 out of 21, and the talk is in that direction).

    Cavs have control issues. Prefer a puppet. On board with everything they want to do.

    Theory confirmed when biggest pushover wins the job.

    If Atkinson becomes coach, theory debunked.

    If they even INTERVIEW Darvin Ham, Cassel, or make Chris Quinn the coach, theory debunked.

    Problem is pushovers in the interview room are also pushovers in the locker room.

    Maybe LeBron is coming back..because we’re not all that serious about winning basketball games here.

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