It’s safe to say Tyronn Lue probably won’t be an assistant coach next season.
Lue is currently an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers under Doc Rivers, but he is in the hunt for several different job openings around the league. He was formerly the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
BetOnline released odds for various head coaching positions earlier this week. Lue is a +100 favorite to be the next coach in Philadelphia. The 76ers fired Brett Brown after the season ended at the hands of a 4-0 sweep by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Lue is the top choice for Philadelphia. He is known for toughness, which is something the 76ers want in their head coach.
Lue is also in the mix for the Brooklyn job, which might be the most intriguing opening in the NBA. He is listed at +275, which are the second-shortest odds behind Jacque Vaughn (+250).
Gregg Popovich (+300) is the Nets’ “dream candidate,” according to The Athletic. However, Popovich is still with San Antonio and is priced at -600 to stay there.
Lue has experience coaching Kyrie Irving and has also dealt with managing a superstar in LeBron James, which could be a plus with Kevin Durant on the roster.
Those are not the only jobs Lue is listed at the top of the odds sheet for, though. He is a +200 ‘chalk’ to be the next New Orleans Pelicans head coach after Alvin Gentry was dismissed after five seasons on the job. Jason Kidd (+250) and Ime Udoka (+350) are also expected to be in play for the next coach of Zion Williamson in New Orleans.
Lue is +300 to be the next Indiana coach and is listed at +400 to be the next head man in Chicago. Mike D’Antoni is a +200 ‘chalk’ for the Pacers job, while Udoka has the shortest odds for the Bulls’ opening at +250.
Udoka is currently an assistant coach in Philadelphia. He is reportedly “the biggest name to watch” in Chicago’s search, according to NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh.
“The Sixers may not want another coach to leave their organization,” Haberstroh said. “Brown’s top assistant job has been a springboard to head-coaching positions throughout the NBA. Houston’s Mike D’Antoni, Phoenix’s Monty Williams and Atlanta’s Lloyd Pierce’s last stops before their current gigs was the bench in Philly.”
The 2020 NBA Playoffs resume on Saturday.