Lue, who won two National Basketball Association championships as a player and one while coaching the Cavaliers alongside James in 2016, began his coaching career under current Clippers coach Doc Rivers with Boston in 2009.
Head Coach Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers and Head Coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers exchange handshakes prior to the game between the two teams on March 9, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.
A source familiar with the situation confirmed to ESPN that Lue is nearing a deal to reunite with Rivers. Stein reported that at the time some in the organization believed hiring Lue would give James too much power and the Lakers hired Frank Vogel instead.
Ty Lue may end up in L.A. after all.
One of Lue's 11 National Basketball Association seasons as a guard was spent playing for Rivers in Orlando, and he broke into coaching in 2011 with Boston while Rivers was the Celtics' head coach. He also played under the longtime coach during a quick stint with the Orlando Magic in 2003 until Rivers was dismissed after starting the season 1-10. Lue was then fired during his fourth season in charge. Cleveland went 128-83 and won the 2016 National Basketball Association championship during his three-plus years as head coach. It's his only head coaching experience and the only team he's coached for sans Rivers.
The Clippers have had an offseason of meaningful acquisitions with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George joining the team.