Chauncey Billups, Larry Drew set to join Ty Lue’s Clippers coaching staff
The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to terms with both Chauncey Billups and Larry Drew, welcoming them on as the newly hired assistant coaches in head coach Tyronn Lue’s staff, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Chauncey Billups and Larry Drew are finalizing assistant coaching deals to join Ty Lue's staff with the Clippers, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 8, 2020
Billups has often been linked with multiple teams in the past, even coming pretty close to becoming the new president of basketball operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2017 before ultimately turning the offer down. While his name hasn’t been heavily mentioned in coaching positions this offseason, it comes as no surprise to see the Clippers snag him off of the market.
His role with the Clippers will likely be to allow him more exposure in the coaching field for future endeavors. He returns to Staples Center, a franchise that he briefly called home during his playing days.
For Drew, this will be his return to the coaching section after deciding to part ways with the Cavaliers back in April of 2019. Drew’s resume comes stacked with coaching positions, being the head coach also of the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks while serving as an assistant for multiple teams elsewhere. With both Billups and Lue being rather young for coaches in their early 40’s, Drew can bring on almost 30 years worth of experience.
The Clippers began reforming their coaching staff since being eliminated in the playoffs by the Denver Nuggets. After a number of reports surfaced detailing the discombobulation that enveloped the Clippers’ locker room, the front office thought it best to move on from former head coach Doc Rivers, opting to go with then–assistant coach Lue.
Lue came as a must-win for the Clippers, seeing as how he was highly sought out by a number of teams in the offseason and regarded by the franchise’s top stars.