CLEVELAND — Along with a sparkling diamond ring, Tyronn Lue’s getting another reward for an NBA title.
Cleveland’s easygoing coach has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the Cavaliers, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press. Lue, who took over when David Blatt was fired in January, agreed to the deal on Monday said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because it has not yet been signed.
Terms of the deal were not immediately known, but Lue is expected to be among the league’s highest-paid coaches after leading the Cavs to the city’s first major professional sports championship since 1964.
The Vertical first reported Lue’s new deal.
A journeyman player during his NBA career, Lue helped mesh the Cavs down the stretch of the regular season and into the playoffs. They became the first team in history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals, beating Golden State on the road in Game 7 to end Cleveland’s 52-year title drought.
Lue did not sign a new contract when he was promoted from associate head coach to replace Blatt, who was fired despite taking the Cavs to the finals in his first year.
Lue connected with his players, especially superstar LeBron James, and his fair-but-tough approach brought out the best in the Cavs. Lue was already the league’s top-paid assistant when he was added to Blatt’s staff in 2014.