Tyronn Lue Gaining Momentum For Rockets’ Job?

Having met with Rockets ownership and management on Monday, Tyronn Lue is gaining momentum as a candidate to replace Mike D’Antoni in Houston, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon report.

As Wojnarowski and MacMahon explain, the Rockets may look to offer Lue a contract before his other suitors – including the Clippers – complete their respective coaching searches. However, Houston isn’t expected to make a move on Lue before meeting with Jeff Van Gundy on Wednesday, since JVG also remains a strong candidate for the position.

According to ESPN, Lue – who was identified as an early frontrunner to replace Doc Rivers in Los Angeles – has support from “prominent players” on both the Rockets’ and Clippers’ rosters. Presumably, that’s a reference to some combination of James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George.

Still, it remains to be seen whether Lue will ultimately be the top choice for both teams. Van Gundy figures to be a “prominent” factor in the Rockets’ and Clippers’ searches as well, according to Wojnarowski and MacMahon, who say that JVG is well regarded by Rockets ownership and management and likes the idea of coaching in his “adopted home city” of Houston. Previous reports linked Van Gundy to the Clippers’ vacancy too, though it’s not clear if L.A. has scheduled an interview with him yet.

Lue is also believed to be a top candidate for the Pelicans’ head coaching job.

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13 thoughts on “Tyronn Lue Gaining Momentum For Rockets’ Job?

  1. Would be a bad pick since he is a players coach. Harden has to much pull in the organization and wants them to run picks all game long. They need a coach that doesn’t favor the all star players and focus on team ball.

    • Noel1982

      The rockets guy will tell you don’t worry about harden now is better then Lebron ever was so it will work ! Only reason harden doesn’t have at least five rings is bc he didn’t want to really win any

      • harden will go down in NBA history as a great shooter but nothing else. He will not be in any top 10 GOAT. He will not even go down in the top 3 shooters of all time.

        • specialfriedrice

          Great shooter…let’s just say it how is really is…a quantity shooter with flat average results…

          Anyone taking 12+ three’s a game…then you damm right he should be hitting at least 3 or 4 of them…and that’s exactlly what he does…and all that exacts too is…average.

  2. Sillivan

    I’ll take Clippers job
    1 more money to spend
    2 stars are younger

    Tucker is to old
    Jeff Green is gone
    Westbrook and Gordon are overpaid

    • Noel1982

      Clippers are slightly over the tax with less picks then the Lakers ,as long as they have Kawhi and wayoff pee they don’t project to have any meaningful cap space

      • Sillivan

        All Lakers clippers Rockets have basically no picks. They trade future for present Championships possibility
        Warriors have 8 future picks next 8 months
        November 3 picks
        July 5 picks

          • Sillivan

            Real value 8 million one year
            Market value 6 million one year

            Knicks should beat Warriors and sign Rondo
            Warriors can only offer 5.72 million to Rondo

  3. jsaldi

    Well Lue will defer to what Harden wants just like he did with Lebron in Cleveland

  4. specialfriedrice

    Where is HWMVPs?

    Think he is banging his head up against a wall right now.

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