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Report: Clippers close to hiring Tyronn Lue as assistant coach

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: Head Coaches Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers and Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers are seen before the game on March 18, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Clippers are loading up on former Lakers targets.

The Lakers tried to sign Kawhi Leonard this summer and Paul George the summer before. Even beyond players, the Lakers might have inquired about hiring Doc Rivers.

Now, Tyronn Lue – whom the Lakers tried to hire – could join Rivers’ staff on the Clippers.

Marc Stein of The New York Times:

This would be a great addition for the Clippers. Lue is a good coach who has shown his fit under Rivers, previously with the Clippers and before that with the Celtics.

One of Rivers’ virtues as a coach is that he attracts and works well with good assistants. Rivers has the clout not to get undermined and organization to tap Lue’s basketball knowledge.

This would also add even more drama to the Los Angeles rivalry – not just because the Lakers offered Lue their head-coaching job before hiring Frank Vogel, but because Lue previously coached LeBron James with the Cavaliers.