Tyronn Lue finalizing five-year deal to coach Clippers

  • Tyronn Lue finalizing five-year deal to coach Clippers

Tyronn Lue finalizing five-year deal to coach Clippers

Soon after being upset by the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers chose to part ways with their longtime head coach, Doc Rivers. After refusing their contract offer, Lue became an assistant with the other Los Angeles team, and in the end, his patience paid off.

It appears the Los Angeles Clippers have found Doc Rivers' successor. He had been on Rivers' staff for the past couple years, so he has plenty of familiarity with the roster. Per Wojnarowski, Lue had "significant support among key Clippers players in the search process".

Lue took over for David Blatt as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers almost midway through the 2015-16 season. The Cavaliers made the NBA Finals two more times under Lue before parting ways with him six games into the 2018-19 season.

That 2016 title team had LeBron James - who just led the Los Angeles Lakers to the 2020 National Basketball Association title.

Lue also was a candidate for the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans.

The Clippers - in the first season of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George playing together - went 49-23 this regular season, the fourth-best record in franchise history.