The Clippers’ research landed on Lue based on the confidence that his championship pedigree and playoff success as a head coach at Cleveland, as well as his strong ability to communicate with players, will resonate within ‘a franchise that has underperformed during the 2019-20 season.Lue, 43, received significant support among key Clippers players in the research process, sources said.
Lue replaces Doc Rivers, under whom he was an assistant last season with the Clippers. The Clippers took a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals, losing in seven games to the Denver Nuggets.
Chauncey Billups is expected to be a candidate to join Lue’s staff with the Clippers, sources said, although he is currently involved in the search for a head coach by the Indiana Pacers.
Lue won a championship in 2016 as coach of the Cavaliers, reaching the NBA Finals in three consecutive years. Lue is 128-83 overall and 41-20 in the playoffs in his head coaching career.