“First, 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. I want to thank Doc for helping prepare me so well for this next step and challenge,” said Lue. “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 for the franchise. Through numerous discussions with David and Griff, I felt Cleveland is a great situation for me. I believe my background will help me play a key part in helping achieve the vision that the leadership of this franchise has for its team. I can’t wait to get to work with Coach Blatt and our players.”
According to Wojnarowski, David Blatt and Lue have been in contact frequently, and Cavs GM David Griffin pushed for the hiring of both coaches. The offer for Lue is expected to be a “financially strong assistant coaching package.”
Certainly, this is a positive and shocking move. Blatt is 55 years old, but has no NBA coaching experience. Lue is an up-and-coming coaching prospect who was in hot demand this offseason. He played in the league for 11 seasons as well, mostly as a backup point guard. That point guard experience sure could come in handy with coaching Kyrie Irving.
“Over the past several weeks, it became clear that Ty could play a key role in our team’s future success,” said Griffin. “Ty fits our culture and vision for the franchise. His successful experience as both a player and coach is going to help us tremendously. Tyronn Lue joining Coach Blatt’s staff is more than exciting to all of us here in Cleveland. The leadership and knowledge of Ty is going to be critically important as we move into a new era of competitive Cavaliers basketball.”
The only hope is that this doesn’t lead to a too-crowded atmosphere on the Cavs bench. Last season, the team’s seven assistants were said to be the most in the league and a distraction among many in the infamous #seasonofhuh.
Jacob Rosen is a long-time contributor to WaitingForNextYear. He's also a writer online at SportsAnalyticsBlog and Nylon Calculus . An Akron native, Jacob is a current MBA student at the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. You can follow him on Twitter @WFNYJacob or e-mail him at udjrosen(at)gmail(dot)com.