Money continues to flood the NBA. After a historically lush free agency period has all but settled, one of the few remaining men on the market — LeBron James — likely smiles as he sees his coach of choice join the highly profitable party.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed head coach Tyronn Lue to a five-year, $35 million contract extension, as reported by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. With the deal done, there are now only five NBA head coaches who make as much or more than Lue. Among that quintet, two — Tom Thibodeau and Doc Rivers — also run their respective front offices, which Lue does not.
After taking over for the excused David Blatt midseason and bringing an inspired streak of glorylust out of his Cavs to win the 2016 NBA title, it’s hard to argue with the big payday. James is still the most important player in the league, and Lue made him more comfortable and effective in the playoffs and Finals than he’s arguably ever been. Cleveland, once the home of sports’ most damning losing streak, is now home to a potential dynasty.
And with this new contract, it seems Lue will be the man on the sidelines who helps decide whether the Cavaliers make good on that possibility.