According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cleveland Cavaliers will pay recently hired associate head coach Tyronn Lue a salary that will make him the highest paid assistant coach in NBA history. According to Wojnarowski’s report, Lue’s deal is a four-year deal with a total of $6.5 million. In the last two years of the deal, Lue will make $1.75 million and then $2 million dollars in the last year of the deal.
Lue, who was a finalist for the Cavs’ coaching job, joins David Blatt’s staff after spending time working as an assistant working under Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics and then the Los Angeles Clippers. Lue, 37, years old played in the NBA through the 2009 season, when he retired after 11 years in the NBA. During his playing career, Lue won two NBA titles as a member of the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 Los Angeles Lakers teams that featured Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Lue also played for the Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks during his playing career.