The Cleveland Cavaliers and head coach Tyronn Lue ink a five-year deal four months after winning the championship in the recently concluded NBA season.
The deal is worth $35 million spread over five years. The first four years are guaranteed while a team option is given in the fifth year. The team management and Lue started discussions soon after the NBA Finals. Both sides were optimistic in completing the deal before the Summer League. Unfortunately, it dragged out until late July.
Tyronn Lue did not sign on to become a head coach when he took over from David Blatt last January. The 39-year-old coach became the assistant coach of Blatt. Lue’s contract lasted four years and was worth $6.5 million when he entered the team during the Summer League last 2014, making him the highest paid assistant coach in NBA History.
Tyronn Lue led and guided the Cleveland Cavaliers to their much awaited championship crown in the NBA. This marked the end of the major sports championship drought of Cleveland which spanned for almost 52 years. They finished 27-14 in the regular season of the NBA, earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Joining Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors and Pat Riley back in 1982 with the Los Angeles Lakers, Lue is the first rookie head coach to win the NBA championship.
Tyronn Lue earned a much deserved respect and support from his players, the management of Cavaliers, peers and all the NBA fans because of his big contribution to the team, great coaching style and great adjustment during crucial game like the last NBA Finals. Lebron James recognized him as the “greatest coach in the world.”
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