After helping to guide the Cavaliers to their first ever NBA title, head coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to a contract extension, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports. The deal is reportedly worth $35 million over the next five seasons.
Lue, 39, took over as head coach in January after the team parted ways with David Blatt midway through his second season. Lue was an associate head coach with the Cavaliers the previous season, and served as an assistant coach under Doc Rivers with the Clippers and the Celtics in the three seasons before that.
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue has agreed to a five-year, $35M extension, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 25, 2016
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The Cavs and Ty Lue just reached agreement on a five-year extension, four years fully guaranteed sources tell ESPN.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 25, 2016
Lue wasn't necessarily an Xs and Os genius. But he stepped in and took control from his first day in the head coach's seat, and held LeBron James to a level of accountability that perhaps only Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra had in the past.
As a player, Lue's career saw him play 11 NBA seasons for eight different teams. He won two championships with the Lakers in 2000 and 2001, and was remembered by most for being on the wrong end of Allen Iverson's famous step-over in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals.