CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Cavaliers search for their next head coach reportedly came down to 2 names: David Blatt and Tyronn Lue.
The Cavaliers landed both.
After naming Blatt their head coach on Friday, the team hired Lue to become associate head coach on Blatt’s staff.
“Over the past several weeks, it became clear that Ty could play a key role in our team’s future success,” general manager David Griffin said. “Ty fits our culture and vision for the franchise. His successful experience as both a player and coach is going to help us tremendously.”
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports was first to report Lue’s hiring. Veteran Cleveland sports broadcaster Kenny Roda reports that Lue will become the highest paid assistant coach in the NBA and, like Blatt, receives a 3-year contract with a team option for a fourth.
“I look forward to leveraging all of his experiences and expertise into our team’s development,” Blatt said. “This is a character guy and winner himself who played and worked with some of the greatest talents and successful leaders in NBA history. I am thrilled to have him by my side as we get to work in Cleveland.”
Lue spent last season in Los Angeles as a member of Doc Rivers’ coaching staff with the Clippers.
“I want to thank Doc for helping prepare me so well for this next step and challenge,” Lue said. “Cleveland is a great opportunity. I am looking forward to joining Coach Blatt, David Griffin and the entire Cavaliers organization at a very exciting and promising time for the franchise. Through numerous discussions with David and Griff, I felt Cleveland is a great situation for me.
“I believe my background will help me play a key part in helping achieve the vision that the leadership of this franchise has for its team.”
Lue played 11 seasons in the NBA and appeared in 554 career games with the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington, Orlando, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas and Milwaukee. The former University of Nebraska star won NBA Championships in 2000 and 2001 with the Lakers.
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