According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Cleveland Cavaliers would like to add Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue to David Blatt’s staff as associate head coach. The problem, however, is that Lue is unlikely to leave Doc Rivers’ staff with the Clippers to work on Blatt’s staff. Blatt was offered the Cavs’ head coaching job earlier today.
Blatt and Lue were the reported two finals candidates for the Cavaliers’ job after separating themselves from a pack of candidates that included Alvin Gentry, Adrian Griffin and Mark Price. Lue interviewed for the job twice (as did Gentry) and Blatt interviewed just once. Blatt’s interview was the last one, as it took place this past Wednesday after he officially resigned from his post with Maccabi Tel Aviv, a Euroleague team based in Israel.
On the other hand, Lue worked with Rivers in Boston before following him to Los Angeles, so it makes sense that he wouldn’t leave his current job for a similar job in Cleveland. A former player, Lue is regarded as one of the top young assistants in the NBA.