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Rumor: Rockets expected to consider Tyronn Lue to replace Mike D’Antoni

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The Houston Rockets are officially in the market for a new head coach after Mike D’Antoni informed the team he would not be returning next year. Daryl Morey and Co. are sure to apply due diligence in the search, though one name to watch is current Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports the Rockets are expected to take a “strong look” at Lue as their next head coach.

Lue could very well return to the head coaching ranks next season.

The former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach is one of the candidates for the Philadelphia 76ers job, with one rumor even suggesting he was in deep conversations on a deal. Now it seems he will also garner some interest from the Rockets.

Lue began his coaching career as an assistant for Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics in 2011. Lue followed Rivers to Los Angeles when he took the head coaching job for the Clippers in 2013. Lue would soon have the opportunity of a lifetime in Cleveland.

The former NBA point guard was appointed associate head coach of the Cavaliers prior to the 2014-15 season, but he was called upon to replace David Blatt midway through the following year.

Lue subsequently led the Cavs to an unprecedented championship, with the team overcoming a 3-1 deficit against a 73-win Golden State Warriors squad in the NBA Finals. Lue also led the Cavs to the NBA Finals in each of the next two seasons, though they were defeated by the Warriors both times. He was fired after an 0-6 start to the 2018-19 campaign, eventually reuniting with Rivers in Los Angeles.

It remains to be seen what franchises like the Sixers and Rockets will do this offseason, but Lue appears to be one of the top candidates for two of the best jobs available.