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NBA News: Clippers Hire Ty Lue as New Head Coach

Lue previously served as an assistant under former head coach Doc Rivers.

Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets - Game Six Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Tyronn Lue has agreed to a five-year deal to become the new head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Lue served as an assistant under former head coach Doc Rivers last season. Lue’s tenure in Cleveland, where he won a championship with the Cavaliers in 2016, played a role in him earning the job, per Wojnarowski:

The Clippers’ search landed on Lue based upon a confidence that his championship pedigree and playoff successes as a head coach in Cleveland, as well as his strong ability to communicate with players, will resonate within a franchise that underachieved in the 2019-2020 season.

Lue, 43, has had significant support among key Clippers players in the search process, sources said.

Lue was a finalist for head-coaching jobs with the New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets before accepting the Clippers gig.

The Clippers moved on from Rivers as their head coach after blowing a 3-1 lead over the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, much to the amusement of Portland Trail Blazers players Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

Five-time All-Star Chauncey Billups is expected to join Lue’s staff, per Shams Charania of The Athletic: