It wasn’t long ago that Tyron Lue and the Los Angeles Lakers were close to making a deal to reunite Lue with Lakers superstar LeBron James. Lue coached LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers to a championship in 2016 and felt that it was a good fit for him to return to coach James in Los Angeles where he now plays.
The Lakers and Lue could not come to a deal, and instead, Lue will stay in Los Angeles, but with a different team- the Clippers. The Lakers went ahead and signed former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel to take the job, along with Jason Kidd and Lionel Hollins to be his top assistants.
The Clippers have had a busy offseason, acquiring Paul George and free agent Kawhi Leonard, to keep the intracity rival going and to counteract the Lakers signing of LeBron last year.
Although he won’t be the head coach, Lue is expected to be the top assistant for Doc Rivers and the Clippers. Lue’s 128- 83 record as James’ coach in Cleveland is an impressive resume to bring to a star-studded Clippers team eager to prove that they are not the second-best team in Los Angeles.
Rivers, who is already an accomplished NBA coach, has kept in touch with Lue from their time together in Boston, and if the deal goes through, are expected to lead the new-look Clippers to a good season In LA.