Clippers Lue Basketball

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue gestures during a game against the Detroit Pistons, in Detroit, in 2018. Lue has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Final terms were still being worked on, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Thursday because no contract had been signed. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Clippers hiring Lue as coach

After parting ways with Doc Rivers last month, the Clippers wanted a coach with a different perspective guiding their team.

Steve Ballmer and the Clippers believe they've found that person by looking one seat to Rivers' side.

Tyronn Lue, the championship-credentialed coach who served last season as an assistant to Rivers, is in negotiations with the franchise to become its next coach, with the sides optimistic a deal will be finalized, three people with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed Thursday.

Lue's staff will include Chauncey Billups, the former All-Star point guard who served last season as the team's television analyst, and Larry Drew, a former head coach in Atlanta, Milwaukee and Cleveland, where he was part of Lue's staff as well, the people said.

In the second head coaching job of his career, Lue will attempt to re-create the results of the first. With Cleveland, Lue coached LeBron James and the Cavaliers to three consecutive NBA Finals and won the 2016 championship for a franchise that was in its fifth decade without a title.

Lue's year around the team helped his candidacy as players and staff became more familiar with his coaching style, and players are pleased with the choice of Lue, one person said.

"The guys have a lot of respect for him," said one person who had spoken with players about the decision to hire Lue.

— Los Angeles Times

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