The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly parting ways with head coach John Beilein, with the first-year coach stepping down, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Story filed to ESPN: After a brief and tumultuous tenure, John Beilein is leaving as Cleveland's coach. Associate HC JB Bickerstaff will be elevated to head coach. Beilein's expected to say goodbye to staff and players on Wednesday upon team's return from All-Star Break.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 19, 2020
The former Michigan coach's resignation comes just 54 games into his five-year contract, with the Cavaliers going 14-40 over that span - the worst record in the Eastern Conference and second-worst in the NBA.
The Cavs have lost five games in a row or more on five different occasions this season and have been under .500 since October 28.
In the second year of their rebuild following the departure of LeBron James, the Cavs were caught in between developing their younger players and the frustration of several veterans, along with Beilein being the focus of several locker room issues.
Per Wojnarowski, Assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff will be promoted to the head coaching position.
This is Bickerstaff's third opportunity as a head coach after previously serving as the interim head coach of the Houston Rockets (2015-16) and the Memphis Grizzlies (2017-19). Across those two stops Bickerstaff holds an 85-131 record.
Since making the Finals in 2018, the Cavs have gone 33-103 and have had three coaches in that span (Tyronn Lue, Larry Drew and Beilein).
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