The Maccabi Tel Aviv coach will be given the opportunity to make the leap to the NBA.
The coaching search, which has been running since Brown was fired on May 12, reportedly came down to Blatt and Tyronn Lue. However, the Cavs have decided to take the risk of bringing in the longtime Euroleague coach.
Blatt's coaching resumé in Europe is impressive. The American-born coach won the Euroleague title last season, taking a supposedly overmatched Maccabi Tel Aviv side past Spanish giants Real Madrid in the final. Before that, he guided Russia to a bronze medal at the 2010 Olympics in London.
The NBA has slowly been shifting towards Europe over the past few years. Offensive philosophies throughout the league are geared far more towards pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop plays, as opposed to more traditional isolations or post-ups.
The San Antonio Spurs are the blueprint for teams after their incredible NBA Finals win over the Miami Heat. The Spurs' Finals roster featured nine players born overseas, and they overcame the Heat using a European-style offense with rapid ball movement.
What makes Blatt so attractive as a coaching prospect is not only his extensive experience of coaching in Europe, but also his understanding of NBA-style principles.
As a player, he played under legendary coach Pete Carril at Princeton, where he learned the complex Princeton offense. Blatt implements the system with his teams, but also brings the European philosophies that are the present and future of the NBA.