Only true diehards are familiar with David Blatt, who is currently one of the most well-regarded coaches in international basketball. But may all be changing soon.

Earlier today, Blatt announced that he was leaving his current head coaching post at Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel to pursue a career in the NBA:

However, his destination is not clear at the moment:

The “several” options Blatt is referring to are the head coaching job in Cleveland, a role as the lead assistant for Steve Kerr in Golden State, and possibly as an assistant with Flip Saunders in Minnesota:

According to the Cavs’ Akron Beacon Journal beat writer Jason Lloyd, Blatt’s decision to leave is not specifically tied to Cleveland:

More details will surely be revealed in the coming days, but make no mistake: this is a big deal, given Blatt’s stature in international basketball. After growing up in Boston and playing college ball at Princeton, Blatt played professionally in Israel for 12 years before beginning his coaching career in 1993.

His Maccabi Tel Aviv team won the Euroleague this past season, the Israeli Cup in 2013, and both the Israeli Cup and the Israeli League in 2012. He also guided Spain to a gold medal at the 2007 FIBA EuroBasket tournament, and has won numerous other accolades throughout his career.

Whichever team lands him will be incredibly lucky given that coaches with championship pedigree do not become available very often, and bringing someone of Blatt's experience in should pay immediate dividends.

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