The Cleveland Cavaliers fired coach Ty Lue on Sunday and planned to promote Larry Drew to interim coach, said league sources ESPN.
Cleveland has started the season with six direct defeats.
Drew met with management on Sunday morning to discuss the terms of promotion to the interim coach, League sources said. It is possible that he is looking for a more permanent appointment. Drew was an Interim Trainer 8-1
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Lue led the Cavaliers to three direct NBA finals, including the 2016 NBA championship , He was at work 128-83. Cleveland's ownership and management had hoped that the team would compete for a playoff spot, though it is not realistic with the hole in the loss of LeBron James, who is leaving on vacancy on the roster.
This was the second time that James left Cleveland in a freelance agency. For the first time, the Cavaliers went from 61 wins with James in 2009-10 to 19 wins without him the following season.
Sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst that Lue recently had a disagreement with general manager Koby Altman over veteran playing. Altman preferred that Kyle Korver and JR Smith be taken out of rotation to give younger players time. After a game in which they had not played, Lue put both back in the rotation without consulting Altman.
Owner Dan Gilbert has also promoted more playing time for rookie Collin Sexton, Windhorst said. Sexton only has 23.5 minutes per game.
Lue is still about $ 20 million on the contract he signed in 2016 after the team won the title.
Cavalier striker Kevin Love was among the players who thanked Lue on social media on Sunday
"You helped me see the big picture, life-changing experiences and teaching points," wrote Love on Instagram. "Nothing but love and admiration, know that we are striving for something in common again, THANK YOU."
The Athletic first reported Lues dismissal.