Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue will interview with the Cavaliers today, a league source confirmed. Former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins will follow with a weekend visit, a source confirmed, as the Cavs coaching search is expanding.
Lue, 37, is the second candidate to interview, following Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin earlier this week. Like Griffin, Lue is a former journeyman who played on seven teams during 11 seasons in the NBA. Immediately after retiring, he joined Doc Rivers’ staff with the Boston Celtics, then Rivers took him to Los Angeles before this season.
Hollins, 60, is also a former All-Star and champion as a player who coached the Memphis Grizzlies to 56 wins and guided them to the conference finals last year before his contract was not renewed.
The Cavs continue to search for a replacement for Mike Brown while debating who to take with the No. 1 pick in next month’s draft.
Florida coach Billy Donovan, who ESPN reported is one name the Cavs have considered, told the Associated Press he is intrigued by the NBA.
“All I can say is I love Florida, I’m happy here ... the school’s been great to me,” Donovan said. “But at the same point, some of the NBA stuff, as I’ve said before, is intriguing in a lot of ways — the basketball part of it. That’s not to say that I’m unhappy here; that’s not the case at all.
“But when people start getting into forecasting where they’re going to be or what they’re going to do, and I’ve seen a lot of coaches over the years come out and say, ‘No, no, no, no, I’m not going anywhere, I’m not going anywhere,’ and then all of a sudden they go somewhere and it’s like, ‘Well, this guy is a complete liar.’ I don’t want to get into that situation. There’s been some teams that have called, but that’s really it.”
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