NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers

Oct 21, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue shouts out a play during the first quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Tyronn Lue is joining Doc Rivers' coaching staff in a long-discussed move that ups the ante in the battle for Los Angeles.

Lue was reportedly close to finalizing a contract to become head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and replace Luke Walton before a breakdown over the length of the deal led Lue to walk away.

Having guided the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals three consecutive years, Lue was a top choice of LeBron James to lead the Lakers.

Instead, he'll lock arms with Rivers and the new-look Clippers, who added stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the offseason.

--Field Level Media

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