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Former UH guard Phil Handy out as Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach

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Phil Handy was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers as a player development coach, a position he took with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013.

Former University of Hawaii guard Phil Handy is out as an assistant coach with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

Handy, the director of player development and assistant with Cleveland since 2013, confirmed today’s rumor on The Bleacher Report that his contract was not being renewed.

Handy said in a text today to the Star-Advertiser that he was “planning to leave but it was somewhat of a mutual thing.

“Yes, it’s time for a change for me,” Handy texted. “Been a great run in Cleveland. On to the next.”

The 46-year-old Handy was a junior on Hawaii’s 1994 NCAA Tournament team. He played two seasons for the Rainbow Warriors (1993-95) and had a brief professional career, mostly overseas, before finding his niche training players at the college and pro levels. In 2011, he was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers as a player development coach, a position he took with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013.

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