Clippers close to hiring Lue as top caching assistant to Rivers

Kendrick Perkins Tyronn Lue Lakers Clippers

Kendrick Perkins Tyronn Lue Lakers Clippers

Tyronn Lue, who coached Cleveland to the 2016 National Basketball Association championship, is engaged in talks with the Clippers about joining coach Doc Rivers' staff as a top assistant, a hiring that is considered likely to happen, a person with knowledge of the discussions confirmed to The Times. Lue has a 128-83 career record as a head coach. Talks fell apart despite a strong relationship with superstar LeBron James.

Lue, 42, previously worked with Rivers in Boston, as well as one season with the Clippers in 2013-14, before he took over as the Cleveland Cavs head coach. Lue wanted to coach LeBron James again - the pair helped produce an National Basketball Association championship in Cleveland in 2016 - but the coach and the Lakers could not agree on contract terms before the team ultimately chose to hire Frank Vogel.

Now James and Lue could still be in the same building, but working for opposite teams.

"You're gonna be a hell of a basketball coach", he told him, per a story by Sports Illustrated in 2016.

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It looks like Tyronn Lue is headed back to Los Angeles after all, but just not with the Lakers. The Clippers made it to the Western Conference semifinals. He spent two more full seasons in Cleveland before he was sacked six games into 2018-19.

After replacing David Blatt midway through the 2015-16 campaign, Lue led the Cavaliers to a 27-14 record in the second half of the season en route to securing the franchise's first National Basketball Association title - Cleveland's first major professional sports championship since 1964.

Lue, who won two National Basketball Association championships as a player and one while coaching the Cavaliers alongside James in 2016, began his coaching career under current Clippers coach Doc Rivers with Boston in 2009. He also played under the longtime coach during a quick stint with the Orlando Magic in 2003 until Rivers was dismissed after starting the season 1-10.

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