It has been more than a year since David Blatt was ousted out of his head coach gig with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, it appears that Blatt recently told Allon Sinai of the Jerusalem Post that he is eyeing a potential return to the NBA down the road.
“I have an end game and that end game is that I would really like to go back to the NBA,” Blatt told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
“There were no changes in the NBA this year from a coaching standpoint and my real goal is to try next year to get back into the league as a head coach. It may happen and it may not happen. But I wanted to leave that door open for myself if the opportunity arises.”
Following his sudden firing in January 2016, Blatt has returned overseas to where he’s coaching Darussafaka in the Turkish Super League and the EuroLeague on a multi-year deal. He had recently turned down a three-year offer from Maccabi Tel Aviv, who he had previously coached from 2010 to 2014 prior to taking the job with the Cavaliers.
That said, Blatt left the NBA with a bitter taste in his mouth in what turned out to be a disastrous situation that saw several reports reveal some troubling details about his experience in Cleveland. Despite that, he drew some interest across the league regarding a few open coaching jobs that ensuing offseason.
The 58-year-old has a proven track record as a professional basketball head coach, winning several coaching awards and championships during his tenure in Europe. It could have simply been a situation with the Cavaliers where it just wasn’t the right fit for him to be the long-term solution. Another opportunity may also offer him a chance to learn from the mistakes that he made in his first go-around.