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It is reported that the LA Clippers are adding another experienced and sought-after candidate to Tyronn Lue’s coaching staff: Miami Heat assistant Dan Craig.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Craig took the position after the Clippers offered more money than other competing franchises. Per Jackson’s report, Craig also hopes to use this opportunity as a pathway to becoming a head coach in the future.
Craig has been an assistant in Miami since the 2012-13 NBA season, though he took a break during the 2015-16 season to coach the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Miami’s G League (then D League) affiliate. Craig coached the team to a 40-10 record in the one year – the most winning record in D League history – and won the D League championship against Los Angeles D-Fenders, 2-1.
He was one of the hottest names in the coaching market before this reported hire, having drawn interest from the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder for their head coaching vacancies.
Per The New York Times’ Marc Stein, the expectation is that, in addition to Craig, Lue will be joined by Kenny Atkinson, Larry Drew and Chauncey Billups on coaching the LA Clippers.
The focus seems to be on player development with a lot of these candidates – something the franchise wanted more of from the Doc Rivers’ staff, according to The Athletic.
The Clippers look to be capable of winning a championship now, but budding players like Landry Shamet, Terance Mann, Ivica Zubac, Amir Coffey and Mfiondu Kabengele would definitely help the team’s odds should they earn larger roles and continue to develop under this group of assistants.