The Cleveland Cavaliers confirmed late Friday night that they had had preliminary talks with Phil Jackson about their coaching vacancy.
"We've had contact with Phil Jackson and are exploring all highly successful head coaches who are in a position to speak with us," said Tad Carper, a Cavaliers spokesman.
Carper said the team had a telephone conversation with Jackson on Thursday. He added that he was not aware if any other talks were planned.
The Cavaliers, who missed the N.B.A. playoffs after a late-season collapse, joined the Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers in the pursuit of Jackson, who won nine titles as the coach of the Chicago Bulls and the Lakers.