Odds on Where J.B. Bickerstaff Will Coach Next After Cavs Abruptly Fire Him

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Don Shapiro
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BetOnline set odds on the next team J.B. Bickerstaff will coach next after the Cleveland Cavaliers abruptly let him go Thursday morning.


As of two weeks ago, there were three teams in the league with head coaching vacancies: the Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns and the Washington Wizards.

The Lakers reportedly met with JJ Redick, James Borrego and Sam Cassell in recent days. Add Bickerstaff's name to that list, we would think.

Despite the Cavs first berth in the Eastern Conference semifinals in six seasons, the franchise dismissed their head coach on Thursday morning, sources told ESPN.

From ESPN:

Bickerstaff, 45, ushered the Cavaliers through a rebuild, winning 99 regular-season games in the past two seasons, but the franchise now embarks on a search that it hopes will land a coach to take Cleveland deeper into the Eastern Conference playoffs.

After replacing John Beilein as interim coach in 2020, Bickerstaff had a 170-159 (.517) record in five seasons with the Cavaliers.

Cleveland was the Eastern Conference's fourth seed with a 48-34 record, beating the Orlando Magic in an opening-round seven-game series. Boston defeated Cleveland 4-1 in the conference semifinals as center Jarrett Allen and All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell missed the final two games.

Cleveland reportedly wants a fresh approach and president of basketball operations Koby Altman and general manager Mike Gansey will embark on that search.

Here are the head coach vacancy odds as posted by BetOnline Thursday afternoon:

Cavaliers Next Head Coach                   

James Borrego              3/1

Sam Cassell                   4/1

Kenny Atkinson             5/1

JJ Redick                       6/1

David Adelman             7/1

Chris Quinn                   8/1

Phil Handy                    9/1

Terry Stotts                   10/1

Frank Vogel                  14/1

Adrian Griffin                16/1

Mike D'Antoni               20/1

Micah Nori                    33/1

Tyronn Lue                   33/1

Becky Hammon             40/1

Johnnie Bryant              40/1

Luke Walton                 40/1

Dave Joerger                 45/1

Mark Jackson                45/1

Mike Brown                  50/1

Jay Wright                    75/1

Steve Nash                   75/1

Mike Krzyzewski            100/1

Rick Pitino                    100/1


Wizards Next Head Coach                     

Brian Keefe                   3/2

Sam Cassell                   4/1

Kenny Atkinson             5/1

Phil Handy                    6/1

Chris Quinn                   7/1

Darvin Ham                  7/1

Mark Jackson                12/1

Jerry Stackhouse           18/1

Becky Hammons           20/1

Juwan Howard              22/1

Adrian Griffin                33/1

James Posey                 33/1

Mike D'Antoni               33/1

Jay Wright                    50/1

Rick Pitino                    75/1

Mike Krzyzewski            100/1


All odds can be found here


The Cavaliers have a significant talent base with All-Star guards Mitchell and Darius Garland and a frontcourt of Allen and Evan Mobley.


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