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Report: Tyronn Lue interviewing with Rockets and Pelicans

Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue

ORLANDO, FL - JULY 21: Tyronn Lue of the LA Clippers coaches during practice as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on July 21, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. 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 2020 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Tyronn Lue is reportedly the early favorite to become the Clippers’ next head coach.

But neither side is acting as if that pairing is fait accompli.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Lue was the hot name on the coaching market until Doc Rivers supplanted him. He’ll likely have options.

The Clippers are closer to championship contention than the Rockets and Pelicans. Steve Ballmer would also likely outspend Tilman Fertitta and Gayle Benson.

As a Clippers assistant, Lue should have first-hand knowledge of the Clippers’ chemistry issues, though. He can decide whether he wants to deal with that.

The Clippers can also decide on someone other than Lue. Because of their general appeal, this is a prime opening.

Chris Finch is a new addition to the Pacers’ long list of known candidates, which already included Dave Joerger and Chauncey Billups.

David Vanterpool has drawn head-coaching consideration for years. It seems inevitable he’ll eventually get hired.