The Cleveland Cavaliers have offered their head-coaching position to David Blatt and the two sides are currently in contract talks, sources confirmed to ESPN.com.
Over the past two days Blatt met with team officials and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. He was offered the job on Thursday night.
Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue was the other finalist for the job, sources said.
After a protracted search to replace Mike Brown that lasted nearly two months and included numerous candidates, Blatt, 55, is coming to the NBA following a long and successful 20-year coaching career in Europe that included stops in Israel, Greece, Russia and Turkey. This season he led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague championship. Additionally, he coached the Russian national team to the bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012.
As a former player of legendary coach Pete Carril at Princeton, Blatt typically runs the Princeton-style offense.
He has a long relationship with many NBA executives, including Cavs general manager David Griffin. Had the Cavs not offered Blatt their job, Steve Kerr was ready to hire him to be his lead assistant at Golden State.
The Cavs have missed the playoffs for the past four seasons. If he accepts the job, Blatt will be their third head coach in the past three years.