Cleveland Cavaliers Next Head Coach Odds: Who Replaces J.B. Bickerstaff?

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  • 👀The Cleveland Cavaliers were bounced from the NBA Playoffs in the second round by the Boston Celtics.
  • 🏀Coach J.B. Bickerstaff led the Cavs to their first playoff series win since 2017, but ownership is considering a change.
  • 👀 JJ Redick and Kenny Atkinson are among the options who could replace Bickerstaff in Cleveland.

Another promising season came to a premature end for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, as the fourth seed in the East was bounced in five games by the top seeded Boston Celtics. That defeat might spell the end of the J.B. Bickerstaff era. Bickerstaff did lead Cleveland to two straight playoff berths, but couldn’t get the franchise past the second round this season.  

Now, his job security is in “serious jeopardy,” according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Regardless of the rationale, it seems like the odds are tilting towards there being a new man on the sidelines in Cleveland, which inspired to compile some hypothetical odds on who could be the next head coach of the Cavs in 2024 and beyond. 

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Cavaliers Next Head Coach Odds



% Chance

Chris Quinn (Heat assistant)



David Adelman (Nuggets assistant)



Sam Cassell (Celtics assistant)



JJ Redick (ESPN analyst)



Frank Vogel (former Suns head coach)



Kenny Atkinson (Warriors assistant)



The Field



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Who Replaces Bickerstaff?

A host of top-tier NBA assistants are likely to be the first candidates brought in by Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert and his front office staff this offseason, including longtime Miami Heat assistant Chris Quinn.  

Quinn (+200) played in the NBA for seven seasons spread out between 2006 and 2013, including a stint with the Cavs, before joining the Heat staff in 2014 under Erik Spoelstra. Despite missing out on playing alongside LeBron James in Cleveland, Quinn could serve as an enticement to try and get the King to come home for a third stint with the franchise, as James approaches a contract opt-out that kicks in at the end of the league year next month.

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Throw in other sought-after NBA assistants like David Adelman of the Denver Nuggets (+400) and Sam Cassell of the Boston Celtics (+575) and you have the top end of our Cavaliers head coaching odds board at the moment.  

Then you have the wild cards like ESPN on-air talent and former NBA veteran guard JJ Redick, who has emerged as a hot name this coaching carousel thanks to his work in the league and his podcast with James, which has the former Duke star being named for virtually every head coach opening in the league.  

Redick comes in at +1100, ahead of a pair of former head coaches in Frank Vogel (+1250) and Kenny Atkinson (+1900), putting a bow on what would be one of the league’s most sought after openings should Gilbert decide to fire Bickerstaff in the days and weeks ahead.  

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Christopher Boan writes for and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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