Lue agrees to become Clippers head coach; agrees to five-year deal

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Clippers has a new leader, as the team has hired a familiar face to lead the team. The Clippers have agreed to a deal that will make Tyronn Lue their new head coach.

Lue has agreed to a five-year deal to be the Clippers head coach. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue looks on as his team faces the Toronto Raptors
Tyronn Lue looks on as his team faces the Toronto Raptors (Getty Images)

This is Lue’s second head coaching opportunity in the NBA. He previously coached the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lue replaces his former boss Glenn “Doc” Rivers, who “mutually agreed” to leave the team after the season. Several days later, Rivers became the Philadelphia 76ers head coach.

He worked under Rivers in Los Angeles and Boston. Lue was the favorite to replace Rivers despite interviewing for the 76ers and Houston Rockets jobs.

Under Rivers in Los Angeles, Lue was the Clippers Associate Head Coach for the 2019-20 season. He was an assistant coach with the Celtics in 2011-13.

As a head coach, Lue has gone 128-83 in 211 regular season games. He also has a 41-20 playoff record, including guiding the Cavaliers to a Game 7 win over the Golden State Warriors after overcoming a 3-1 deficit.

Also, in 2016-17 and 2017-18, Lue guided the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals. However, they lost each time.

He was then fired by the Cavaliers just six games into the 2018-19 season.

Lue also served as an assistant coach with the Cavaliers from 2014-16 and with the Clippers for the 2013-14 season.

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