Report: Rockets, Pelicans pursuing Tyronn Lue as top assistant, but he wants to be a head coach again
The Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans have put Tyronn Lue in their crosshairs as a potential top assistant, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. However, Lue’s focus remains on returning as a head coach again.
Lue has had a couple of assistant coach offers after the Cleveland Cavaliers parted ways with him early through the 2018-19 season. Lue had a 128-83 record in three-plus seasons with the Cavs, helping lead the franchise to three consecutive Finals appearances and the Cavs’ first-ever NBA title in 2016.
According to Charania, the Rockets offered Lue an assistant coaching position soon after he was let go by the Cavs in October, but have yet to make a formal offer recently. However Houston could view Lue as a potential replacement for a wave of mutilation that took place this past week, as GM Daryl Morey fired head coach Mike D’Antoni’s staff, including assistant coaches Jeff Bzdelik, Mitch Vanya and Roy Rogers, player development assistant Irv Roland and video coordinator John Cho.
Lue has had a working history with Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry and executive vice president David Griffin, who was the Cavs’ GM during their championship run. Lue was an assistant coach alongside Gentry on Doc Rivers’ staff with the LA Clippers early on.
The former Laker came really close to reuniting with his former franchise for what would be his “dream job,” but the Lakers offered him a subpar contract and insisted on providing his assistant coaches — two propositions that ultimately put him off from taking the job earlier this month.
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