National Basketball Association

Sources: Clippers and Tyronn Lue in agreement on deal to join coaching staff

Former Cleveland Cavaliers championship coach Tyronn Lue has agreed on deal to join the Los Angeles Clippers as the top assistant coach on Doc Rivers’ staff, league sources tell The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Lue and the Los Angeles Lakers — who had looked to implement him into their coaching staff — were unable to come to terms on a deal back in May, which led to Lue’s reuniting with Doc Rivers in Los Angeles.

Lue was fired by the Cavaliers on October 28 after the team’s 0-6 start to the season. As an NBA head coach, Lue is 128-83 (.607 win %), and is 41-20 (.672 win %) in the NBA Playoffs. He previously worked with the Clippers as an assistant coach in the 2013-14 season after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with the Celtics.

Lue spent 2014-15 As an assistant coach with the Cavaliers before assuming the head coaching job midway through the 2015-16 season.

Back in May of 2018, Lue stepped away from the Cavaliers for two weeks, saying he was experiencing “chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleeep,” and that “there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.” Lue has since realized he suffers from anxiety, and was feeling much better after changing his diet and being placed on medication.

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