Cavs may interview Warriors' Atkinson for head coach.

Kenny Atkinson, an assistant coach for the Warriors, seems to be a strong candidate for the head coaching position with the Cleveland Cavaliers.  

The Warriors have authorized the Cavaliers to interview Atkinson and James Borrego, an assistant with the New Orleans Pelicans, for the open position, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski's Wednesday report citing sources.  

Although Borrego and Atkinson are "two top candidates" in Cleveland's coaching search, according to Wojnarowski, the "leader" for the position is the Warriors' top assistant, according to Sunday's report by Jason Lloyd of The Athletic.  

According to Wojnarowski's reporting based on sources, Borrego is being seriously considered for the position of head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. On Wednesday, he participated in a second interview with the organization.  

Rumor has it that Atkinson is also in the Lakers' consideration pool. Atkinson has been a member of the Warriors' staff for the past three years, and he was an integral part of their 2022 NBA Finals success. From 2016 through 2020, the 56-year-old was the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, a squad that had a remarkable turnaround under his watch.  

While coaching Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert for the Cavaliers in Brooklyn, Atkinson also has connections to the team.  

Even if Atkinson is a leading candidate and is supposedly going to be questioned, that doesn't mean he's actually going to leave California. While the Warriors were in the midst of their 2022 Finals match against the Boston Celtics, Atkinson decided it would be best to remain with the Warriors and accept the position of head coach of the Charlotte Hornets.  

Reportedly, Atkinson was also in the running for head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks following Adrian Griffin's firing before the beginning of the 2023–24 NBA season. Doc Rivers was eventually hired to replace Griffin. An NBA champion and right-hand man to Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Atkinson is naturally attracting a lot of attention.  

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