Drew, Cavs agree to contract for rest of season

CLEVELAND -The Cleveland Cavaliers and "acting head coach" Larry Drew have agreed to terms on a new deal, the team announced Monday afternoon.

Drew and the Cavaliers have been negotiating a solution to the issues that surrounded his reluctance to accept the interim role without receiving more guaranteed money than the customary bump up in assistant-coaching salary that Drew will get to finish out this season.

Drew has been an assistant coach in the National Basketball Association for 23 seasons, and he was head coach for three seasons with the Atlanta Hawks and one season with the Milwaukee Bucks. Counting this season's three games as coach, Drew has a record of 144-171.

The team made the announcement official shortly after ESPN reported it.

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Drew didn't want to take on all the extra work and responsibilities of coaching a bad team just to be fired at the end of the season, but the Cavs didn't want to give any longterm guarantees given Drew's resume as a head coach.

He will get a buyout payment if the Cavs decide to move on to a new coach. "We're looking forward to the ways he can impact the team and help our players continue to grow and find success".

For the Cavs, that would be a small price to pay. Drew said he was "disappointed" about the lack of contract negotiations on Wednesday and compared his job to that of a "substitute teacher". He is 1-2 entering Monday's game at Orlando.

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