The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly paying Tyronn Lue like a head coach to be David Blatt's assistant. His four-year, $6.5 million deal might be the richest assistant-coaching contract in the history of professional sports, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
To leave Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers to join coach David Blatt's staff with the Cavaliers, Lue agreed to a four-year, $6.5 million deal, sources said. The contract's final two years will pay Lue $1.75 million and $2 million, league sources said. The fourth year of the deal is a team option, sources said.
Cavaliers management grew fond of Lue during the interview process for the head-coaching job that ultimately went to Blatt and immediately pursued him for the associate head-coaching job. Rivers didn't want to lose Lue from his Clippers staff, but the Cavaliers' historic financial commitment made it impossible to turn down, sources said.
When it first surfaced that Cleveland was trying to make Lue its associate head coach, it seemed a bit strange given that he was competing with Blatt for the head-coaching job. Why would he leave the Clippers, where he would likely have an increased role after the departures of Alvin Gentry to the Warriors and Kevin Eastman to Boston's front office? Turns out the answer is money. Lots and lots of money.