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Clippers Nearing Deal to Make Tyronn Lue Top Assistant

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 25:  Head coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts from the bench while playing the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on October 25, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 110-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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After LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers lost out on the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes, they've now lost out on James' former coach Tyronn Lue, who is expected to become a top assistant to Doc Rivers for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Lue was once considered the favorite to land the head coaching job for the Lakers before they went with Frank Vogel, much to the chagrin of Laker fans.

In Cleveland, Lue famously coached the Cavaliers to a 3-1 comeback in the NBA Finals against the 73-win Warriors in 2016, bringing Cleveland its first Larry O'Brien Trophy. He led the team to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances and finished with a playoff record of 41-20.

Lue previously worked on Rivers' staff with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers during an earlier stint, so it's safe to assume their strong relationship helped make the decision easy on both sides.

Lue's veteran coaching experience will be a big boost to the Clippers' bench, and he'll be able to offer his expertise on LeBron to Rivers. Lue actually spent some time as an informal advisor to Rivers last season after being removed from his head coaching position with the Cavaliers.