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SportClippers close to hiring Tyronn Lue as Doc Rivers' top assistant

23:50  14 august  2019
23:50  14 august  2019 Source:   hoopsrumors.com

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The Clippers are close to bringing aboard Tyronn Lue as the top assistant coach on Doc Rivers‘ staff, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times (Twitterlinks). Assuming the two sides finalize a deal, Lue would likely be named the team’s associate head coach, Stein adds.

Clippers close to hiring Tyronn Lue as Doc Rivers' top assistant© Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

If Lue officially joins the Clippers, it would be a fascinating turn of events, since he was viewed as the front-runner for the Lakers’ head coaching job less than four months ago. Contract talks between Lue and the Lakers reportedly broke down, and the club ultimately hired Frank Vogel to replace Luke Walton. Now, Lue appears on the verge of joining Los Angeles’ other team under his old friend Rivers.

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Lue’s coaching career began in 2011 when he served as a Celtics assistant on Rivers’ staff. He followed Rivers to Los Angeles in 2013, spending a year with the Clippers before being hired by the Cavaliers in 2014.

A report in May indicated that the Pelicans and Rockets had expressed interest in hiring Lue as an assistant and that he had turned down offers to join NBA coaching staffs since being let go by the Cavs last fall. However, it appears the opportunity to work with Rivers again for one of the NBA’s top title contenders may lure Lue back to the sidelines.

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