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Tyronn Lue agrees to become next Clippers coach

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Tyronn Lue agrees to become next Clippers coach

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: Head coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP


Champion coach Tyronn Lue replaces Doc Rivers, who parted ways with the Clippers after their surprise playoff boot

Tyronn Lue, who coached the Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA title, has agreed to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, according to multiple reports Thursday, October 15 (Friday, October 16, Philippine time).

ESPN and USA Today reported that Lue has agreed to replace Doc Rivers, who parted ways with the Clippers just over two weeks ago, with ESPN saying the deal was for 5 years.

Lue, 43, served as the lead assistant coach for the Clippers this past season, when they lost to Denver in the Western Conference semifinals.

Expected to join Lue’s staff is former NBA player Chauncey Billups, who is also a candidate to fill the coaching vacancy of the Indiana Pacers.

In 2016, Lue was promoted to coach by the Cavs following the firing of David Blatt as coach and he guided the LeBron James-powered club to the NBA crown.

The Athletic reported that Larry Drew, a Lue assistant in Cleveland, will join his Clippers staff.

The Clippers have never reached a conference final but with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George leading a talented squad, they are seen as a contender next season.

Lue, 128-93 as an NBA head coach, becomes the sixth Black head coach in the NBA.

Lue was a two-time NBA champion as a player, helping the Los Angeles Lakers to the 2000 and 2001 NBA. – 

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