Lue and the Clippers lost to the Suns in the first round of the playoffs, winning Game 1 and then losing four straight. Star forward Kawhi Leonard re-aggravated a knee injury in Game 2 and running-mate Paul George missed the entire series with a knee injury of his own.
Along the way, there was some reported drama involving the players — though supposedly none were linked to Lue.
In the event Lue and the Clippers were to part ways, he would be “priority No. 1” for the Suns in their coaching search, per Charania.
Lue was promoted from Clippers assistant to head coach after the 2019-20 season, when the organization parted ways with Doc Rivers.
Lue, 46, owns an overall coaching record of 261-186 in four seasons with the Cavaliers and three with the Clippers. He coached the LeBron James-led Cavs to the lone title in franchise history in 2016.
Bucks expected among teams to seriously pursue Monty Williams, sources say. Williams, who had $21M left on deal, is currently focusing on family in aftermath of ouster in Phoenix.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 15, 2023