Tyronn Lue finalizing 5-year deal to become Clippers’ head coach

Tanya Simon
October 16, 2020

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Tyronn Lue is finalizing a five-year deal to become the team's head coach. He's set to replace Doc Rivers, who stepped down as head coach following the team's second-round loss to the Denver Nuggets in the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Lue won a title with the LeBron James-led Cavs in 2016 and will look to make the most of the Kawhi Leonard-Paul George core in Los Angeles.

Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported Clippers players are "happy" Lue was named head coach, adding "They felt Lue was the best choice" for the job. After refusing their contract offer, Lue became an assistant with the other Los Angeles team, and in the end, his patience paid off.

The Toronto Raptors had a post-championship season like no other, including on-court protests and the National Basketball Association bubble, but the one constant has been head coach Nick Nurse. He was sacked after an 0-6 start to the 2018-19 season.

The Indianapolis Star added that Billups joining the Clippers was contingent on whether or not the Indiana Pacers hired him as their next head coach.

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That 2016 title team had LeBron James - who just led the Los Angeles Lakers to the 2020 National Basketball Association title.

He played 17 seasons in the NBA and led the Pistons to the franchise's third NBA Championship in 2004.

Lue also was a candidate for the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans.

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