As they did eight years ago when he was in retirement, the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached out to Phil Jackson about their head coach opening, sources told ESPN.com. The Cavs, who fired coach Byron Scott last Thursday, have been in touch with Jackson to gauge his interest in returning to coaching and in their open position. Last week, ESPN reported Jackson is increasingly interested in a return to the NBA next season, preferably in a management capacity, after two years away from the game. Jackson interviewed with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert in 2005, when Gilbert was looking for a coach. That year, Gilbert ended up hiring Mike Brown. Brown and the Cavs have mutual interest in a reunion, and Cleveland television station WKYC reported Brown and Gilbert planned a meeting over the weekend. Jackson is currently considering potential options, sources said. There's a belief in coaching circles that the Brooklyn Nets and possibly the Sacramento Kings -- if they relocate to Seattle -- will be teams that appeal to Jackson more than the Cavs.
Sources: Cavs eye Phil Jackson
ESPN | Apr 22