CLEVELAND. — John Beilein formally resigned as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday after multiple days of speculation that he wouldn’t be leading the team when play after the All-Star break commenced.
The Cavaliers said Beilein will be reassigned to a different role within the organization.
Cleveland is just 14-40, the second-worst record in the NBA. The Cavaliers reportedly reached a financial settlement with Beilein, who was in the first season of a five-year deal that was worth approximately $4 million per season.
“This was a very difficult decision for me, but I want to be clear— this was my decision to step down and I truly appreciate the understanding and support of the front office during this time,” Beilein said in a news release. “I find losing very challenging and this year has taken a much bigger toll on me than I expected. I grew concerned for the consequences this toll could potentially take on my own health and my family’s well-being down the road.
I was not certain I could be at my best for the remainder of the season and in the future.
That would not be fair to the players, coaches and support staff.”
The 67-year-old Beilein was a surprise hire by the Cavaliers and the season didn’t go well.
In addition to the lack of success, Beilein had to apologize to the team in January over his word choice in a film session. – Field Level Media