Tyronn Lue reportedly joining Clippers as Doc Rivers' top assistant

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Tyronn Lue is reportedly joining the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/la-clippers/" data-ylk="slk:Clippers">Clippers</a> sideline. (Getty)
Tyronn Lue is reportedly joining the Clippers sideline. (Getty)

Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Los Angeles Clippers coaching staff as Doc Rivers’ lead assistant, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported last week that the Clippers and Lue were working on a deal. That deal appears to now be done.

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Lue lands in L.A. despite Lakers fallout

Lue coached the Cavaliers for three full seasons from 2015-18, a run that included winning the 2016 NBA title. The Cavaliers fired him after an 0-6 start to the 2018-19 season.

Lue was in talks with the Los Angeles Lakers for their head coaching position this offseason before negotiations reportedly broke down over the Lakers’ offer.

In addition to Lue reportedly being unhappy with the team’s insistence on shaping his coaching staff, he was primarily displeased with the three-year offer that coincided with the end of LeBron James’ contract and wasn’t commensurate with the five-year deal standard for experienced NBA coaches.

Reunion with Doc

Now Lue will man the sideline with the rival Clippers with his coaching mentor Rivers, who gave him his first assistant coaching job with the Boston Celtics in 2011.

The revamped Clippers now featuring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will be among the favorites to win the NBA championship next season.

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