Tyronn Lue finished second in the Cavaliers’ 39-day search for a coach, but Monday was named the team’s associate head coach.
Lue, who had two interviews with general manager David Griffin prior to the hiring of David Blatt on Friday, has worked under Doc Rivers since 2009.
The 37-year-old was Boston’s director of basketball development in 2009-10 and an assistant coach the next two seasons. He spent the last two years working as an assistant to Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers.
“I wouldn’t be in the position to make this career move and advancement without the deep support, mentorship and friendship that I have received and enjoyed from Doc Rivers,” Lue said in a press release issued by the Cavs. “I want to thank Doc for helping prepare me so well for this next step and challenge.
“Cleveland is a great opportunity. I am looking forward to joining Coach Blatt, David Griffin and the entire Cavaliers organization at a very exciting and promising time.”
Lue played 11 seasons in the NBA, with stops with the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington, Orlando, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas and Milwaukee. The former University of Nebraska point guard won titles with the Lakers in 2000 and 2001.
“It’s been clear that Ty could play a key role in our team’s future success,” Griffin said in the press release. “Ty fits our culture and vision for the franchise.”
Blatt, who learned Monday that the Cavs will host his former team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, in an Oct. 5 exhibition game at Quicken Loans Arena, welcomes Lue’s knowledge of the league.
“I could not be happier that Ty will be joining the Cavaliers coaching staff as my top assistant,” said the 55-year-old, who made history by becoming the NBA’s first head coach with no previous experience in the league. “I look forward to leveraging all of his experiences and expertise into our team’s development.
“This is a character guy and winner himself who played and worked with some of the greatest talents and successful leaders in NBA history.”