Clippers assistant coach Ty Lue’s candidacy for the Rockets‘ head-coaching job has gathered important momentum after a gathering with Houston’s possession and administration Monday, sources instructed ESPN.
The Rockets are competing with the Clippers for Lue and will attempt to lengthen a suggestion earlier than Los Angeles has accomplished its search course of, however that is not anticipated to occur earlier than Houston meets with former coach Jeff Van Gundy this week, sources mentioned.
Each Lue and Van Gundy are distinguished components of the Rockets’ and Clippers’ teaching searches — and Lue has been the Clippers’ frontrunner since Doc Rivers was dismissed on September 28, sources mentioned.
Lue’s candidacy has the assist of distinguished gamers on each groups, sources mentioned. Houston had initially wished to rent Rivers to switch Mike D’Antoni, sources mentioned, however his talks with the 76ers moved quickly to a resolution.
Van Gundy, presently an analyst for ESPN, has been a favourite of possession and administration with the Rockets, and is thought to want the concept of teaching in his adopted dwelling metropolis to keep away from uprooting his household.
Van Gundy, 58, has been lively as a coach with USA Basketball in recent times, however hasn’t coached within the NBA since resigning with the Rockets in 2007. Van Gundy was 430-318 within the common season and 44-44 within the postseasons in components of 11 seasons with Rockets and Knicks.
Lue coached the Cavaliers to the one championship in franchise historical past in 2016, and reached the NBA Finals in three straight years. He was fired by Cleveland after an 0-6 begin within the 2018-2019 season. Lue is 128-83 general and 41-20 within the playoffs.