AP source: Tyronn Lue agrees to become next Clippers coach

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, in Detroit. Tyronn Lue has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Final terms were still being worked on, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because no contract had been signed.

    FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, in Detroit. Tyronn Lue has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Final terms were still being worked on, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because no contract had been signed. Associated Press

  • Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue, left, shakes hands with Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

    Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue, left, shakes hands with Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP) Associated Press

  • FILE  - In this May 27, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue hoists the trophy after beating the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, in Boston. Tyronn Lue has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Final terms were still being worked on, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because no contract had been signed.

    FILE - In this May 27, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue hoists the trophy after beating the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, in Boston. Tyronn Lue has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Final terms were still being worked on, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because no contract had been signed. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue yells instructions to players in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Boston Celtics, in Cleveland. Tyronn Lue has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Final terms were still being worked on, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because no contract had been signed.

    FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue yells instructions to players in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Boston Celtics, in Cleveland. Tyronn Lue has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Final terms were still being worked on, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because no contract had been signed. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyrone Lue directs his players against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Minneapolis. Tyronn Lue has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Final terms were still being worked on, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because no contract had been signed.

    FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyrone Lue directs his players against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Minneapolis. Tyronn Lue has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Final terms were still being worked on, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because no contract had been signed. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 10/15/2020 3:33 PM

Tyronn Lue has agreed to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

A person with knowledge of the situation said final terms were still being worked on. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because no contract had been signed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Lue will replace Doc Rivers, who had coached the Clippers for the last seven seasons and is now coaching the Philadelphia 76ers. Lue, 43, was on the 59-year-old Rivers' staff this season when the Clippers wasted a 3-1 lead over Denver and lost in the Western Conference semifinals.

ESPN first reported the agreement between Lue and the Clippers, saying it was a five-year deal.

It's not the first time Lue has been promoted to head coach in the NBA in the wake of a firing. He was on the Cleveland Cavaliers' staff when he replaced the fired David Blatt during the 2015-16 season. Under Lue's guidance, the Cavs and LeBron James went on to win their first-ever NBA championship that season, making Lue one of the few rookie coaches in the league to ever lead his team to a title.

Lue, who won two NBA championships as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers, went 128-83 in parts of four seasons as Cavs coach. He coached the team to the NBA Finals in 2017 and 2018, but both times they lost to Golden State. He was fired after an 0-6 start to the 2018-19 season.

Lue was in his second stint with the Clippers, having joined them initially in July 2013. The following June, he went to Cleveland.

Lue's hiring means there are now six Black head coaches currently in the NBA as he joins Rivers in Philadelphia, Lloyd Pierce in Atlanta, J.B. Bickerstaff in Cleveland, Monty Williams in Phoenix and Dwane Casey in Detroit.

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Lue also was a candidate for other jobs this offseason, including in Houston and New Orleans.

The Clippers - in the first season of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George playing together - went 49-23 this regular season, the fourth-best record in franchise history.

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AP Sports Writer Beth Harris in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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