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Tyronn Lue now highest-paid NBA assistant of all-time

Jun 26, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

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NBA coaching salaries are exploding – and it’s extending to the assistant ranks.

A year after Lawrence Frank received $6 million over six years to help/bother Jason Kidd for a few games, the Warriors doubled Alvin Gentry’s salary to convince him to leave the Clippers.

That was just the start.

The Cavaliers are handsomely paying Tyronn Lue, who finished second to David Blatt in Cleveland’s coaching search, to join Blatt’s staff.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Lue agreed to a four-year, $6.5 million deal, sources said. The contract’s final two years will pay Lue $1.75 million and $2 million, league sources said. The fourth year of the deal is a team option, sources said.

Those salaries would mean Lue averages $1.375 million in his first two years.

With a 1,309,650 salary, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris was college football’s top-paid assistant last year. Monte Kiffin made $1,533,764 to coordinate USC’s defense the year before.

Jason Garrett made nearly $3 million as a Dallas Cowboys assistant before becoming their head coach, and it stands to risen NFL coaching salaries have only risen since.

Football definitely features the highest assistant-coach salaries, but basketball is getting there.

Lue, after years of working under Doc Rivers, is highly regarded, but other assistants could probably command more. Maybe this is just Dan Gilbert throwing money at his problems, but I think it’s a step toward most teams having at least one million-dollar assistant within a few years.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Maybe Gilbert is saying “LOOK! Lebron! I’m an owner who spends money!”

    • jeffkx - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      • kinggw - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        I don’t know why they keep teasing poor Cavs fans. It’s not happening. LBJ may leave Miami, but he isn’t going back to Cleveland.

      • jeffkx - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        There are probably 4 or 5 people in the world who knows what LeBron is going to do here in a week or two..Kinggw, you are not one of them. Nor am I. Making absolute statements like that will make you look like a real arse/ Make of the article what you will.

      • balsagna - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        It’s probable Lebron returns to Miami. If he doesn’t where else can he go but to Cleveland to avoid looking like a super team chasing mercenary? I think he cares too much for his legacy and he wants people to like him. Even Miami fans could rationalize a return to Cleveland, and nationally fans would eat up the story line. The fact is that just about any team in the east is going to be competing for the eastern conference crown. It’s not like Cleveland is devoid of talent. Kyrie is as good as anyone currently on the Heat roster not named Lebron, and he’s a good point guard which is a change of pace for Lebron during his career. I think people who scoff at the idea of a return to Cleveland are being somewhat short sighted.

      • balsagna - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        I meant any eastern conference team with Lebron could compete for the eastern crown. Sorry.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        That’s interesting. This is the first I’ve ever heard about LeBron and Lue being friends, and that’s saying something.

      • muathjam21 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        Or maybe the Cavs HAVE to overspend to get who they want.

      • mogogo1 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        I think Cleveland would be LeBRon’s favored destination if they’d shown anything at all this past year. There’s enough high draft picks on that roster to have expected some good results. But another 30-win year with yet another coaching change and another high draft pick coming is just more of the same from an organization where the pieces never seem to quite fit right.

  2. antistratfordian - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    That’s Luedicrous.

  3. campcouch - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Sports media keeps the LeBron/Cleveland story going. The rest of us…except the one guy ESPN paid to burn his jersey…have moved on.

  4. norcal031 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Everytime I look at him I will always remember when AI stepped over him and stared him down after hitting a jumper in the 4th while putting up 48 in game 1 of the 2001 Finals. I can’t believe it was 13 years ago.

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