Lue, 39, is receiving this new contract after helping to lead his Cavaliers back from a 3-1 deficit to capture a title against the 73-win Golden State Warriors. The first year head coach made a ton of adjustments during the Finals, and, essentially, outcoached his counterpart, Steve Kerr.
The position was given to Lue after the Cavaliers’ organization decided to part ways with David Blatt, who coached the team to a 30-11 record before being removed. Lue spent three seasons as an assistant to Doc Rivers from 2011-2014 before coming over to Cleveland, where he was labeled as the associate head coach.
Blatt’s ousting came as a surprise and Cleveland quickly promoted Lue. His contract as an assistant was restructured, and he vowed to change the Cavaliers style of play towards the end of the year.
Cleveland began playing more uptempo, and Lue led them to a 27-14 record and the first overall seed in the East.
The Cavaliers breezed through the first two rounds of the playoffs, sweeping both the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks. When they met the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals, they dropped two games but bounced back to win in six before competing in one of the most entertaining Finals in recent memory.
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