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Tyronn Lue becomes one of NBA’s highest-paid coaches after signing 5-year extension with Clippers: reports

Tyronn Lue recently completed his fourth season as head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers finished the 2023-24 regular season with 51 wins, the most under Lue’s tenure, but the team lost in the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

However, Lue still appears to be highly respected within the Clippers organization.

Immediately after the Clippers’ season-opening Game 6 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Lue spoke about the strong relationship he has with the Clippers’ ownership and front office.

“Everyone has been nice to me,” he said. “This is where I belong, and I hope they feel the same way.”

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Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue is interviewed following Game 1 of the NBA playoffs first round against the Dallas Mavericks at Crypto.com Arena on April 21, 2024 in Los Angeles. (Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

According to reports from The Athletic and ESPN, Lue has agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract that will keep him with the Clippers for the time being, making him one of the highest-paid coaches in the NBA.

The Clippers confirmed the deal but did not disclose terms.

Lue coached the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, leading them to their first NBA championship in franchise history. He left the team in 2018 and became an assistant coach under head coach Doc Rivers ahead of the 2019-20 season. He was promoted to head coach in October 2020.

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The Clippers made one Western Conference finals appearance under Lue.

Tyronn Lue during the playoffs

Tyronn Lue of the Los Angeles Clippers during Game 2 of the first round of the NBA playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks at Crypto.com Arena on April 23, 2024 in Los Angeles. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

“T. Lue possesses all the qualities we are looking for in a head coach. He is a master tactician and a natural leader with an exceptional ability to work with those around him, players and staff,” Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said in a statement.

“Four years ago, we were honored to hire T. Lou and feel just as fortunate today. There is no one more qualified to coach our team. T. Lou has been and will continue to be a pillar of our organization.”

Ty Lue vs. the Pacers

LA Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue during the first quarter of a game against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Dec. 31, 2022 in Indianapolis. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports)

Lue, who coached LeBron James during his time in Cleveland, recently denied rumors that he might be a candidate to coach James with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I’m not here to fly around and move from place to place,” Lu said at the time.

Lue released a statement on Wednesday saying he was excited for the opportunity to continue coaching the Clippers.

“This is where I want to be. It’s been a pleasure coaching this team the past four years and I’m looking forward to a new era at the Intuit Dome,” Lue said.

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Lue played 11 years in the NBA, winning championships with the Lakers in 2000 and 2001.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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