Tyronn Lue has agreed to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
A person with knowledge of the situation said final terms were still being worked on. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because no contract had been signed.
Lue will replace Doc Rivers, who had coached the Clippers for the last seven seasons and is now coaching the Philadelphia 76ers. Lue, 43, was on the 59-year-old Rivers’ staff this season when the Clippers wasted a 3-1 lead over Denver and lost in the Western Conference semifinals.
ESPN first reported the agreement between Lue and the Clippers, saying it was a five-year deal.
It’s not the first time Lue has been promoted to head coach in the NBA in the wake of a firing. He Lue was on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ staff when he replaced the fired David Blatt during the 2015-16 season. Under Lue’s guidance, the Cavs won their first-ever NBA championship that season.
Lue, who was born in Mexico, Missouri, won two NBA championships as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers. He went 128-83 in parts of four seasons as Cavs coach.