It was reported this earlier that the Houston Rockets had several interviews on tap this week, and while they haven’t all yet been complete, one candidate has reportedly emerged.
According to ESPN, former Los Angeles Clippers assistant and Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue is gaining steam as a potential new head coach for the Rockets.
Lue had his interview with the team yesterday, and the Houston front office is reportedly impressed, though they have yet to speak with Jeff Van Gundy, the other big name on tap for an interview this week.
The Clippers are also reportedly hot on the trails of Lue, but whether that’s true or simply planted agent rumor designed to drive up interest and price is yet to be seen.
According to Woj at ESPN:
“Lue’s candidacy has the support of prominent players on both teams, sources said. Houston had initially wanted to hire Rivers to replace Mike D’Antoni, sources said, but his talks with the 76ers moved quickly to a resolution.”
The Rockets are also interested in John Lucas, who has been serving as their player development coach, and they’ve also talked with Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas, Denver Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant David Vanterpool, and former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson.
Lue has a 128-83 career regular season coaching record along with a 41-20 playoff record. He won an NBA title in 2016 with the Cavs and was also a coach in the All-Star game that same year.
Now he may be coming back to H-town, where he played for a short time back in 2004. How you guys feeling about Lue?