According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Cleveland Cavaliers will interview Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue for their head coaching job late next week. Lue, 37, is a former NBA player who has spent five years as an assistant, first with the Boston Celtics and then the Clippers. Clippers coach Doc Rivers was Lue’s boss with both teams.
Lue played in the NBA for 10 years with eight different teams. He was a member of two championship teams (the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 Los Angels Lakers). Lue retired in 2009 and subsequently took a job with the Celtics as director of basketball development.
While it’s hard to know exactly what kind of coach Lue is, he has a strong pedigree and a good mentor in Rivers. Lue’s colleague, Clippers associate head coach Alvin Gentry, is also a candidate for the Cavs job as well.
The timing of Lue’s interview is interesting. Late next week would seem to be next Thursday or Friday. Unless Lue blows Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and GM David Griffin away in his interview, the Cavs will likely continue their search into next week with the list of candidates seemingly growing by the day.