When Tyronn Lue takes his spot on the sideline next season, he’ll be joined by most of the coaches who helped him lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA title.
Per Joe Vardon of cleveland.com, Assistants Larry Drew, Mike Longabardi, Jim Boylan, James Posey, Phil Handy and Vitaly Potapenko are all coming back on new contracts. Each of their contracts expired after the end of the season and they ran the Cavaliers’ summer league team in Las Vegas without new deals.
Former Cavalier Damon Jones will also be an assistant on the Cavs’ staff. Jones is replacing Bret Brielmaier, who was hired by the Brooklyn Nets in July. Drew, the former head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, will be Lue’s top assistant.
Lue himself signed a new five-year deal worth $35 million this offseason and, with his assistants all coming back, the Cavs are bringing back most of their team back season. To date, Matthew Dellavedova and Timofey Mozgov are the only noticeable losses from last year’s team.
The 2016-17 season will be Lue’s first full season as a head coach. He was 27-14 in the regular season last year before wining the title.
Correction: an earlier version of this post indicated that Lue’s record as head coach last season was 30-11.