Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt has accepted a consultant role with the New York Knicks.
Blatt, who had a lengthy coaching career overseas and coached the Cavs in 2014-15 and half of the 2015-16 season, will become a basketball operations consultant for the team.
“I look forward to my next step in my career as I officially retire from coaching and pursue other opportunities in basketball,” Blatt said in a statement released by the Knicks. “I’ve long been intrigued by working in a front office and thank [Knicks president] Steve [Mills] and [Knicks general manager] Scott [Perry] for the opportunity to be a resource to the basketball operations staff.”
Blatt and Mills played together at Princeton University and have remained friends through the years.
NY Knicks announce the hiring of David Blatt as a basketball operations consultant. pic.twitter.com/m8eHSASaQH
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) December 18, 2019
Steve Mills and David Blatt are great friends dating back to their days playing for Princeton University. https://t.co/mIaVwqWLhs
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 18, 2019
In April, Blatt was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He had served as coach of the Greek team Olympiakos since June of 2018. Blatt’s name surfaced as a possible candidate for the Milwaukee Bucks’ coaching vacancy in 2018, but the team ultimately hired Mike Budenholzer for that role.