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Clippers will try to sign HC Tyronn Lue to a contract extension

As the LA Clippers suffered a disappointing first-round playoff exit, questions remain about head coach Ty Lue’s future.

Despite that, the Clippers are expected to make a strong push to ink Lue to a long-term extension.


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“I didn’t come here to bounce around and go all over the place,” he said after Friday’s loss to Dallas via ESPN. “And Mr. [Steve] Ballmer, Lawrence [Frank], Mark [Hughes], Trent [Redden], Gillian [Zucker], they’ve all been great to me. This is where I want to be and hopefully they feel the same way. So I haven’t had a bad experience since I’ve been here. Mr. Ballmer showed me a lot of different things that I wouldn’t be privy to if I wasn’t here.

“… Just having a great relationship with the owner, with the front office, it is great. And so I would love to be here long term.”

Lue still has one more year left in his contract, but the Clippers are unlikely to take any chances with his future.


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Since Lue’s arrival, the Clippers haven’t been able to get over the hump, but the team has reached the playoffs in three out of his first four years.

LA has two first-round playoff exits but reached the conference finals in his first year. Los Angeles is coming off earning their first Pacific division title in a decade.

However, the team has been plagued by injury throughout his tenure. This season, Kawhi Leonard’s knee inflammation kept him sidelined against the Dallas Mavericks.

As the Clippers head into the offseason, their primary focus will be to re-sign Paul George and James Harden.

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