Ty Lue Rumors: Clippers Assistant to Meet with Pelicans Friday About HC Job

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistOctober 2, 2020

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue yells instructions to players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Cleveland. The Hawks won 133-111. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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The New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly going to meet with Tyronn Lue about their vacant head-coaching position. 

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Lue and the Pelicans are meeting on Friday. 

Lue has made himself available for a number of teams that are replacing their head coach this offseason. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday that Lue is scheduled to meet with the Houston Rockets at some point. 

Per Marc Stein of the New York Times, Lue is seen as the "early favorite" to replace Doc Rivers as head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. He interviewed with the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer

The Sixers ultimately agreed to a five-year deal with Rivers to hire him as Brett Brown's replacement, per Wojnarowski.

Lue certainly knows the Clippers well after serving as an assistant on Rivers' coaching staff this season. He has experience taking over championship-ready teams, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to 2016 NBA title after replacing David Blatt midway through the 2015-16 season. 

The Pelicans are in the early stages of what's expected to be a fruitful rebuild. Their core of Brandon Ingram—who is eligible for restricted free agency this offseason—Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday and JJ Redick has the ability to compete for a playoff spot in the Western Conference next season if things come together. 

Lue owns a 128-83 career record as head coach of the Cavs from 2015-19. He led the team to three NBA Finals appearances in each of his first three seasons.