Cavs hire Clippers Assistant Tyronn Lue to be new associate head coach

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers have hired Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue to be their associate head coach.

Lue was a finalist for the Cavs head coaching job before David Blatt was named the new coach.

Lue will now be the highest paid assistant coach in the NBA.  ESPN and Yahoo Sports are reporting the new deal is worth $4.5 million over three years with a club option for a 4th year at $2 million.

The title of associate head coach also moves Lue a step closer to his ultimate goal of becoming a NBA head coach in the future.  

Lue has been an assistant for five years under head coach Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers. In that time, he has developed into one of the NBA's most well-regarded young head-coaching prospects, and the Cavaliers franchise believes he'll complement Blatt well.

Lue, 37, played 11 seasons in the NBA for seven teams and won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000 and 2001.