According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Cleveland Cavaliers coaching staff as associate head coach.
Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue has agreed to become the associate head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
In what’s believed to be a financially strong assistant coaching package, Lue will partner with Euroleague icon David Blatt, the new head coach of the Cavaliers.
Cleveland general manager David Griffin wanted to pursue the hiring of both coaches after Lue was the runner-up in the process, league sources said. Blatt and Lue have been talking frequently, and Clippers coach Doc Rivers has given Lue his blessing to accept the job, league sources said.
“I wouldn’t be in the position to make this career move and advancement without the deep support, mentorship and friendship that I have received and enjoyed from Doc Rivers,” said Lue in a statement. “I want to thank Doc for helping prepare me so well for this next step and challenge. Cleveland is a great opportunity.”
“I am looking forward to joining Coach Blatt, David Griffin and the entire Cavaliers organization at a very exciting and promising time for the franchise.”
While many expected Lue to get the Cavaliers job, nobody expected him to continue pursuing a position as the Cavaliers hired David Blatt of European basketball fame. But as a highly touted assistant, Lue will help Blatt adjust to the NBA game as the lead assistant for Cleveland.
“Over the past several weeks, it became clear that Ty could play a key role in our team’s future success,” said Cavaliers general manager David Griffin in a statement. “Ty fits our culture and vision for the franchise. His successful experience as both a player and coach is going to help us tremendously.”
With Lue in Cleveland, Doc Rivers will have lost his entire coaching staff in the matter of a week as Alvin Gentry became the associate head coach of the Golden State Warriors behind Steve Kerr and Kevin Eastmen was promoted to vice president of basketball operations for the Clippers. This leaves three open spots for Doc to fill prior to the start of the season and possibly before Summer League kicks off (Tyronn Lue coached last years LVSL team).
Last week Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported the Clippers were interested in Lawrence Frank, associate head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, but it now seems there are no guarantees Frank reunites with Rivers on the bench.
It’s not a given Lawrence Frank would be interested in Clippers assistant coach opening, a source said. He has five years left on Nets deal.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 23, 2014
It was also widely reported that Rivers was interested in Mike Woodson, former head coach of the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks.