Houston Rockets joining Clippers, Pelicans in mix for Tyronn Lue
After recently parting ways with long-time head coach Mike D’Antoni, the Houston Rockets are now reportedly looking at Tyronn Lue to fill the recently vacated position with the team. The Rockets will, however, need to contend with the Los Angeles Clippers and the New Orleans Pelicans, both teams also seriously considering Lue for their head coaching post.
This report comes straight our of ESPN’s ever-reliable NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski:
Houston and New Orleans are among teams planning to interview Clippers assistant Ty Lue in near future, sources tell ESPN. The Clippers are expected to begin meeting with coaching candidates soon — and Lue will be prominent in that search to replace Doc Rivers. https://t.co/PmyL4QfxPd
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 2, 2020
Lue served as an assistant coach for the Clippers last season, under Doc Rivers, who himself has been relieved of his duties in L.A. As such, Lue appeared to be next in line to take over as the new head coach for the Clippers. This is anything but a sure thing right now, however, as other teams such as the Pelicans and the Rockets are now reportedly in the mix for the former NBA champion coach.
It is also worth noting that in another tweet, Woj named Minnesota Timberwolves associate head coach David Vanderpool as a candidate for the vacancy in Houston.
As you may have noticed, there’s a bit of a league-wide shuffling going on when it comes to head coaches. Just recently, the Philadelphia 76ers announced that Doc Rivers will take over as the new shot-caller in Philly, a vacancy that previously considered Lue. D’Antoni himself is now being strongly linked to the Indiana Pacers.
With the big names in the industry quickly being plucked off the market, it’s no surprise Tyronn Lue is currently the belle of the ball.