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May 6, 2019
AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with Cleveland’s coaching search tells The Associated Press the Cavaliers have scheduled an interview this week with San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina.

The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the team is keeping details of its search confidential.

Messina’s coaching resume includes numerous titles in Europe. He also coached Italy’s national team. The 59-year-old Messina has worked on Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s staff since 2014.

Messina will be the second San Antonio assistant to meet with Cleveland, which interviewed Ime Udoka on Sunday.

The Cavs had an unsuccessful experience with a prominent European coach when David Blatt was hired in 2014. Blatt didn’t mesh with his players and was fired midway through his second season.

Cleveland has previously interviewed Dallas assistant Jamahl Mosley, Miami assistant Juwan Howard, former Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff and Utah assistant Alex Jensen.

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