Apparently it was not meant to be.
John Beilein, who had a long, successful run as the University of Michgan basketball coach, couldn't work his magic as the rookie head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Beilein, 67, is stepping down as coach, league sources tell ESPN. He'll be replaced by associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff.
Beilein is expected to say goodbye to staff and players late Wednesday when they return from the All-Star break, league sources tell ESPN:
The Cavaliers and Beilein negotiated a financial settlement that will pay him a portion of the remaining money on his 2019-20 contract, league sources said. He left Michigan and signed a five-year contract with Cleveland that included a team option for the final season, a deal that paid him more than $4 million per season, league sources said.
Beilein got into disagreements with players. Some said he treated them like college kids.
Ex-Pistons center Andre Drummond, who was just traded to the Cavs, denied media reports that he encouraged the team to dump the coach.