Beilein went 14-40 in his first run as an NBA head coach, which is good for last in the East, and second to last in the entire league, and he is expected to quickly say goodbye to the staff and players on Wednesday afternoon. The two sides agreed to part ways after a tumultuous first season with the team, which not only included plenty of losses, but some drama when he accidentally used the term "thugs" during a film session. He allegedly mean to say "slugs" but the other word came out while describing the way his team was playing.
The transition was a struggle for the former Michigan coach, who could not connect with NBA players and never fully got his scheme to be implemented at this level. It did not take long for the organization or the players to get frustrated with this process, as everyone involved knew it wouldn't work out. The team negotiated a financial settlement that will see the now former coach get paid a portion of his remaining salary for the season. He had originally signed a five-year deal with the team and publicly had no control of his locker room, while struggling with the stress of losing games, which he didn't do much at the college level. It's a tough turn of events for a coach that discussed coaching the Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons in recent years, and felt as if Cleveland was the right fit for him, but he was unfortunately sorely wrong.