Pelicans, Rockets pursuing Lue as top assistant coach

Former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has been pursued by several teams with assistant vacancies.

The New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets have pursued Tyronn Lue as a lead assistant coach, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.

Lue coached the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2015 to this past season, when he was fired after six games. Lue and current Pelicans head of basketball operations David Griffin were together when the Cavs won the championship in 2016.

Meanwhile, the Rockets made several changes to their coaching staff last week, including parting ways with associated head coach Jeff Bzdelik.

Still, it is believed Lue continues to hold out for a head-coaching position and may sit out the season if one does not emerge. He came close to an agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers last month, but talks fell apart, reportedly over money and control.

Lue spent time with current Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry when the two were assistants under Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers. Lue spent portions of last season helping out Rivers and the Clippers in practice.

The Memphis Grizzlies are the only team with a head-coaching vacancy, and to this point, Lue has not been linked to the position.

1 Comment on "Pelicans, Rockets pursuing Lue as top assistant coach"

  1. The Cavs went to 4 straight finals yet none of its coaches is in demand or have gotten other coaching jobs. Lue won a ring and he is offered a job to work under coaches that have never been to the finals. Lue is 1-18 without Lebron and for a lot of those games he had both Love and Irving.

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