Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Jim Boylan, a member of recently fired head coach Tyronn Lueâ€™s championship club, sued the organization for age discrimination on Thursday.
At the end of last season, both Lue and Cavs general manager Koby Altman allegedly told 63-year-old Boylan that his contract would not be renewed because of “the teamâ€™s interest in going younger” at the coaching position.
The coaching staff did indeed in fact get younger, as theyÂ promoted former player development coach Dan Geriot (age 29) to full-time assistant and gave Damon Jones (age 42), â€œa more robust assistant coaching role,â€Â according to ESPNâ€™s Brian Windhorst.
According to the lawsuit, Boylan then had a conversation with Altman, who informed him that the organization was looking for someone â€œyounger,â€ and the change had nothing to do with the coaching performance.
Boylan is looking to retain compensatory damages â€œin excess of $25,000â€ from the Cavaliers.