Lue near deal to join Clippers' staff

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The New York Times' Marc Stein reports that the Los Angeles Clippers are close to hiring the National Basketball Association title-winning coach as the top assistant to Doc Rivers.

Lue, who was sacked by the Cavaliers after opening the 2018-19 season 0-6, was widely reported to be in talks with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer over their then-vacant head coaching position.

Ty Lue may end up in L.A. after all.

Stein reported Lue's title will likely be associate head coach. Now, the veteran National Basketball Association coach may soon be tasked with taking down The King.

Cleveland fired Lue last season after an 0-6 start, and Rivers defended Lue at the time, calling the decision "awful".

It looks like Tyronn Lue is headed back to Los Angeles after all, but just not with the Lakers. Talks fell apart despite a strong relationship with superstar LeBron James. Their working relationship is obviously solid, as Lue rejoined the Clippers past year as a consultant after being fired by Cleveland, analyzing video and providing feedback to Rivers.

Hiring Lue also would require a reorganization of the structure of the Clippers' coaching staff. League rules permit a maximum of three assistant coaches to sit in the bench's front row, next to the head coach.

The Clippers didn't merely hire an assistant coach today. They hired a young head coach with a championship to his name who is looking for the best fit for him to take a team over again. In the meantime, he returns to a familiar environment and a head coach he's worked very well with. By December, the Clippers added Lue via an informal role that involved Lue, 42, spending time around the Clippers and providing his thoughts to Rivers.

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