The LA Clippers have reportedly found their next coach in Tyronn Lue.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Lue is finalising a five-year deal to become the team’s head coach.
Lue was an assistant coach for the Clippers in the 2019-20 season. He is set to replace Doc Rivers, who stepped down as head coach after the team’s loss to the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 2020 NBA playoffs. Shams Charania from The Athletic also added that Detroit Pistons great Chauncey Billups is expected to be one of Lue’s leading assistants.
Lue has had some experience as head coach in the NBA. In 2015-16, he took over as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading the team to their first title in his first season at the helm. The Cavaliers made the finals two more times under his guidance before parting ways, six games into the 2018-19 season.
Lue’s hiring means there are now six Black head coaches currently in the NBA as he joins Rivers in Philadelphia, Lloyd Pierce in Atlanta, J.B. Bickerstaff in Cleveland, Monty Williams in Phoenix and Dwane Casey in Detroit.
Before he became a coach, Lue played 11 seasons in the NBA for seven different teams. He won two NBA titles as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000 and 2001.
According to sources, the LA Clippers have the second-best odds of winning the championship next season.