LA Clippers: Tyronn Lue seems unlikely to get Philadelphia job

LA Clippers, Doc Rivers, Ty Lue (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
LA Clippers, Doc Rivers, Ty Lue (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

It seems like LA Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue won’t get the Philadelphia job.

The LA Clippers could potentially lose two of their assistant coaches this offseason. Both Tyronn Lue and Sam Cassell are rumored to have interest from multiple teams for their head coaching vacancies. Based on recent reports, however, Lue doesn’t seem like he will be heading to Philadelphia.

According to multiple reports, former Houston Rockets’ head coach Mike D’Antoni is now considered the favorite to land the job with the 76ers. As of now, Lue is still scheduled to meet with General Manager Elton Brand and the rest of the 76er higher-ups on Tuesday.

As Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer points out though, this interview may just be more of a formality at this point and Lue should even think about whether or not actually going is worth it.

If Lue does not get the Philadelphia job, there are still other openings he could potentially fill. Having a championship under his belt is a big benefit and as a former player, he knows how to work the dynamic of a locker room.

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Lue will still have options, including the Rockets that D’Antoni left behind. That is probably the most sought after position considering James Harden and Russell Westbrook are still under contract. While both players were solid this season, they again fell short in the playoffs. Perhaps a coach like Lue could help push them over the hump.

That job is also rumored to be of interest to Sam Cassell though, so it’s likely one of the two Clippers’ assistants is on the move, if not both. They could opt to stay on Doc Rivers’ staff after it has become apparent that the team is sticking with him despite some questionable choices in the postseason.

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If the Clippers do show issues early on next season, perhaps the team will move on from Rivers allowing one of Cassell or Lue to step up as the team’s next head coach. While we don’t know what will happen yet with this coaching staff, we can feel pretty certain that Ty won’t be in Philadelphia when the team tips off next season.