It appears the Los Angeles Clippers have found Doc Rivers’ successor.
Tyronn Lue is finalizing a five-year contract to become the Clippers’ new head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Lue had served as an assistant on Rivers’ staff, and has familiarity with the team’s personnel. Per Wojnarowski, Lue had “significant support among key Clippers players in the search process.”
Chauncey Billups will serve as the lead assistant under Lue, according to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania.
Los Angeles was one of the favourites to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2019-20 but ultimately fell short, blowing a 3-1 series lead against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals.
The 43-year-old Lue previously served as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning a championship with the team in 2016 and reaching the Finals in three consecutive seasons. He was fired six games into the 2018-19 campaign.
Lue owns a 128-83 record as an NBA head coach.