CLEVELAND — David Blatt and Tyronn Lue were the two final candidates to become the next Cavs coach.
Friday, the team officially released news that Blatt, the longtime Euroleague coach would take over. On Monday, the Cavs announced the hiring of Lue as associate head coach. The team wound up with both men.
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Lue is a former NBA player who spent 11 seasons in the league, and most recently was an assistant on the Los Angeles Clippers staff. As player, he won two titles with the Lakers in 2000 and 2001.
“Over the past several weeks, it became clear that Ty could play a key role in our team’s future success,” said General Manager David Griffin. “Ty fits our culture and vision for the franchise. His successful experience as both a player and coach is going to help us tremendously.”
Blatt and Lue will get to know each other right away and Blatt seemed impressed in discussing Lue’s credentials.
“I could not be happier that Ty will be joining the Cavaliers’ coaching staff as my top assistant. I look forward to leveraging all of his experiences and expertise into our team’s development,” said Blatt. “This is a character guy and winner himself who played and worked with some of the greatest talents and successful leaders in NBA history. I am thrilled to have him by my side as we get to work in Cleveland.”
Lue, in a statement released by the team said, “Through numerous discussions with David and Griff, I felt Cleveland is a great situation for me. I believe my background will help me play a key part in helping achieve the vision that the leadership of this franchise has for its team. I can’t wait to get to work with Coach Blatt and our players.”