Tyronn Lue will join the Cavaliers’ staff as an associate head coach under David Blatt, a league source confirmed on Monday. Yahoo Sports first reported Lue’s addition to Blatt’s staff.
Lue, 37, and Blatt were the two finalists for the Cavs’ head job, but it seemed unlikely Lue would leave Doc Rivers’ staff with the Los Angeles Clippers for anything less than a head coaching job. Lue has spent the last five years under Rivers, first in Boston and last season with the Clippers.
Rivers already lost his top assistant, Alvin Gentry, to the Golden State Warriors, but Yahoo reported Rivers gave his blessing for Lue to leave and come to Cleveland.
One source with knowledge of the contract said it will make Lue one of the league’s highest paid assistant coaches.