Report: Cavs' Tyronn Lue now highest-paid assistant coach in NBA history

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Tyronn Lue has been an assistant coach since 2009, after he retired from the NBA.

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed assistant coach Tyronn Lue to a four-year deal worth $6.5 million earlier this week, making him the highest paid assistant in league history, reports Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

The final two years of the contract will pay Lue $1.75 million and $2 million, with the fourth year of the deal being a team option, according to the report. Lue interviewed for the head coaching position, which ultimately went to David Blatt. 

Lue, 37, played 11 seasons in the NBA and won two titles in 2000 and 2001 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lue spent last season as an assistant with the Los Angeles Clippers and the previous four years with the Boston Celtics

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Cavaliers management grew fond of Lue during the interview process for the head-coaching job that ultimately went to Blatt and immediately pursued him for the associate head-coaching job. Rivers didn't want to lose from his Clippers staff, but the Cavaliers' historic financial commitment made it impossible to turn down, sources said.

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