Tyronn Lue has crossed up and stepped over the Los Angeles Clippers. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue has accepted associate head coach job with Cleveland, sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 23, 2014
Lue was reportedly the runner up for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ head-coaching job until the Cavs hired David Blatt last week. Now, he leaves to become Blatt’s associate head coach.
Lue is the second Clippers assistant to leave Doc Rivers’ staff this offseason, both of whom taking off to work under first-time NBA head coaches. Alvin Gentry departed LA to head up north for Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors just a few days ago. Kevin Eastman, another assistant from this year, has also left the coaching staff, taking the position of Clippers Vice President of Basketball Operations. Now, three coaches down, the Clips have some holes to fill.
We’ve heard the rumors about Lawrence Frank, who was Jason Kidd’s top assistant with the Brooklyn Nets earlier this year until the team demoted him from the bench mid-season. Though Frank has five years remaining on his contract, a deteriorating relationship with Kidd and a demotion in his duties could lead him to a new job. Frank has a history with Rivers, for whom he was a Boston Celtics assistant during the 2010-11 season.
You’d think consistency among a coaching staff would be a good thing to have, something you’d want on a team that came only two games away from the Western Conference Finals. Now, it seems as though the Clippers will enter the 2014-15 season with a totally renovated staff.