Dane Moore: At Target Center this morning, LeBron James comments on the Ty Lue firing in Cleveland: “Nothing but respect…” pic.twitter.com/X2xUalifXE
Jay King: Brad Stevens said he talked to Ty Lue yesterday a bit after he got fired. “The good news for him is he’ll be I’m sure heavily sought after. ... He’s a heck of a coach.”
Cayleigh Griffin: Tristan Thompson on the message the team receives when a coach is fired - “Gotta be better.” He notes it was a very emotional day, and there’s a lot of love for Ty Lue here.
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr on the news that Cleveland fired Tyronn Lue: “It’s always sad when you see a fellow coach get the axe like that this early in the season.”
Cleveland needed a player's coach who had earned LeBron James' respect and spent plenty of time around some of the NBA's finest. His resume gave him credibility. It allowed him to challenge James and some of the other vets. He built trust that Blatt lost. The bold stroke by then-GM David Griffin ultimately led to the Cavaliers' first NBA championship a few months later. The Cavaliers still feel Lue -- labeled an "incredible coach" by a source that spoke with cleveland.com Sunday afternoon -- would be an ideal fit for a roster loaded with experience, perhaps one capable of competing for a championship immediately. Just not the Cavs -- a team that's trying to strike an incredibly difficult balance between the present and future.
After a tough decision, one the organization knows will be panned given how early it is into the season and Lue's stellar mark as head coach, the Cavs parted ways with him early Sunday morning, one day after another double-digit blowout loss at home. They also fired assistant coach Damon Jones. Lue handled the news in a very professional manner, according to a source familiar with the meeting.
According to a source, the Cavs had grown frustrated with the overall lack of competitiveness, believing the roster is more talented than it has displayed. In all six losses, the Cavs have trailed by at least 16 points. They have yet to lead in the second half of a game. Four of the six losses have been by double figures. "We have radically underachieved and it was unacceptable," the source said.
The Cavs announced the firing and Drew's appointment in a statement Sunday afternoon. “This was a very difficult decision," Cavs general manager Koby Altman said in a statement. "It is especially so, considering Coach Lue’s time with us over the last four years, including four straight trips to the NBA Finals,” said Altman. “We have respect and great admiration for Ty, not only as a coach, but a person. We thank him for the many ways he has contributed to our success, wish him the best and he will always be remembered for leading a very special Cavs team back against the odds to win the title in 2016. This is a different team equation, though, and one that we felt needed a different voice and approach that required this change."
Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman fired coach Tyronn Lue on Sunday, sources told The Athletic. Lue, 41, is the only coach in Cavs history to win a championship. He has three years left on the five-year, $35 million contract he signed after guiding the team to its 2016 Finals victory, and leaves the only head coaching job he’s ever had with a record of 128-83. ... Altman called Lue into his office Sunday morning and fired him. Lue did not argue with Altman, a source said.
The team’s players were informed immediately thereafter. A source told The Athletic the players are “pissed.” Lue’s a player’s coach who is partial to veterans, and his partiality toward them might have played a role in his dismissal.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cavs practicing soon -- with GM Koby Altman expected to tell players that Larry Drew is the team's voice today. Altman and Dan Gilbert wants Drew to accept interim coaching job -- with possibility of a longer-term appointment later. Drew is hoping for a longer commitment now.
Joe Vardon: Cavs' players are 'pissed' over Lue's firing, sources tell me. You're seeing it play out on social media. bit.ly/2OdTD9s
Adrian Wojnarowski: Ty Lue had approximately $15M left on his Cavaliers contract, league source tells ESPN.
The decision to fire Lue is peculiar despite the winless start. Lue, who has three years left on his five-year, $35 million contract, took the team to three consecutive NBA Finals. He is known as a players’ coach and his track record suggests he deserved more than six games with a team, especially considering he was on the sidelines for Cleveland’s best seasons. But owner Dan Gilbert has a history of coaching and front-office dismissals. Since Gilbert bought the team in 2005, the Cavs have had seven head coaches, including Mike Brown twice – his second stint lasting just one season. Altman is Cleveland’s fifth general manager during Gilbert’s ownership.
Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman fired coach Tyronn Lue on Sunday, sources told The Athletic.
Adrian Wojnarowski: After firing Ty Lue, Cleveland planning to promote Larry Drew to interim coach, sources tell ESPN. Management meeting with Drew now.
Kevin Love: You helped me see the big picture. Life changing experiences and teaching points. Nothing but love and admiration. Know we will work towards something greater together again. THANK YOU. 🏆
June 23, 2021 | 12:19 pm EDT Update
NBA Central: “In talking to executives around the league, there’s a lot of interest in Ben Simmons. If he was made available on the market today, there would be maybe up to a dozen teams would make offers.” – Brian Windhorst (Via ESPN)
Young only played one game against the Bucks this season. He had a rough one in the 11-point loss to Milwaukee with 15 points on 3-of-17 from the field. He was 0-of-3 from deep and 9-of-9 from the free-throw line. Young also dished out nine assists but committed six turnovers. It was a forgettable game for the most part for Young and the Hawks. Milwaukee had Jrue Holiday defending Young, and we can expect a healthy dose of that in this series. Depending on which side you’re pulling for, it might be an unhealthy dose. We’ve seen Holiday dominate some of the best guards in the NBA with his defensive genius and commitment. In their one game against each other this season, Young shot 11 runners against the Bucks. That’s 11 of those vaunted runners mentioned above in those 17 total shot attempts. Young made just two of them. He made just one of them against Holiday with Brook Lopez often stepping up to defend him. For the most part, they looked like good, comfortable attempts by Young. He just didn’t make them.
CAA Sports Basketball division has officially announced the signing of freshman Isaiah Jackson from University of Kentucky who will be joining their 2021 NBA Draft Class. The 6’10″, 206-pound forward is from Pontiac, MI where he attended Waterford Mott High School located in Waterford, Michigan.
CAA Sports Basketball division has officially announced the signing of freshman Keon Johnson from University of Tennessee who will be joining their 2021 NBA Draft Class. The 6’5″, 186-pound guard is from Shelbyville, TN where he attended The Webb Schools in Bell Buckle, Tennessee.
CAA Sports Basketball Division has officially announced the signing of freshman Day’Ron Sharpe from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who will be joining their 2021 NBA Draft Class. The 6’11″, 265-pound power forward / center is from Greenville, North Carolina and attended Montverde Academy under Coach Kevin Boyle in Montverde, Florida.
CAA Sports Basketball Division has officially announced the signing of freshman Cameron Thomas from Louisiana State University who will be joining their 2021 NBA Draft Class. The 6’4″, 210-pound guard is from Chesapeake, Virginia and attended Oak Hill Academy where he competed under Coach Steve Smith and became Oak Hill Academy’s all-time leading scorer that season.
CAA Sports Basketball division has officially announced the signing of Jalen Green from G League Ignite who will be joining their 2021 NBA Draft Class. The 6’6″, 180-pound guard is from California and attended San Joaquin Memorial High School, then later finished his high school career at Prolific Prep in Napa Valley, California.
CAA Sports Basketball Division has officially announced the signing of junior Davion Mitchell from Baylor University who will be joining their 2021 NBA Draft Class. The 6’2″, 205-pound Guard is from Hinesville, Georgia where he attended Liberty County High School and competed under Coach Julian Stokes Prior to attending college, Mitchell was ranked a four-star recruit coming out of high school and was ranked No. 33 nationally by 247 sports, while competing for Coach Julian Stokes at Liberty County High School, leading the Panthers to their first Georgia 4A State Championship during the 2015-16 season.