Tyronn Lue is a former NBA point guard and coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He recently announced he would be stepping down as the Cav’s coach to focus on his health. It’s unclear what health issues Lue’s been having, but he’s had to exit games three times this season due to illness.
Lue had three years left on his five-year contract worth $35 million with the Cavs.
Tyronn Lue Net Worth As Of 2018: $25 Million
Lue bounced around a lot during his 11-year career in the NBA. Unfortunately for him, his most memorable moment was being on the bottom end of a super ungracious step over.
It may have nothing to do with net worth but as a Sixers fan, it’s always worth revisiting… Now back to the topic at hand.
Tyronn Lue attended Raytown Senior High School in Raytown, Missouri. He later went to the University of Nebraska where he was a key member of the 1995-96 team which won the NIT tournament. Lue declared for the 1998 NBA draft after his junior season. He was originally taken by the Denver Nuggets but on draft night, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers with Tony Battie in exchange for Nick Van Exel.
Lue struggled his first couple years with the Lakers and saw limited playing time. He excelled in the 2001 playoffs, however. Due to his quickness, he was asked to guard Allen Iversonin the Finals. Although he gave AI an all-time highlight clip (see above), he ultimately helped the Lakers go on to beat the Sixers four games to one and win the title. This championship was the second and last title Lue would win as a player – his first ring came the year before, 2000, which was also with Los Angeles.
After the Laker’s championship season in 2001, Lue signed with the Washington Wizards. With the Wizards, Lue played a lot more and subsequently became a much better point guard. His stats peaked in Atlanta wherein the 2005 season, he averaged 13.5 ppg, 5.4 apg, and 31.2 mpg. During his 11 seasons in the NBA Lue was a journeyman, playing on eight different teams. He was always a solid option at PG but never all-star caliber.
Tyronn Lue retired after his 2009 season with the Orlando Magic. In 2011, he began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the Celtics. He became an assistant head coach for Cleveland in 2014 and when David Blatt stepped down in 2016, Lue was asked to step up as HC. And that’s exactly what he did. On June 19, 2016, the Cavaliers won their first NBA Championship, with Lue becoming the second rookie coach in consecutive seasons to win it all, the third person to become champion as a mid-season replacement coach, and the 14th person to win an NBA championship as a head coach and player. At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Lue was named Best Coach/Manager, and the Cavs were named Best Team.
Since then, the Cavs and Lue have gotten close to winning another title but not quite able to repeat their 2016 magic. In 2018, Lue’s struggle with illness combined with the Cav’s struggle in performance, have led to him stepping down as head coach.