Cleveland’s easygoing head coach has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the Cavaliers, a person familiar with the deal said. Lue, who took the job when David Blatt was fired in January, agreed to the deal Monday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because it has not yet been signed.
Terms of the deal were not known, but Lue is expected to be among the league’s highest-paid coaches after leading the Cavs to the city’s first major pro championship since 1964.
The Vertical first reported Lue’s deal.
A journeyman guard during his NBA career, Lue helped mesh the Cavs down the stretch of the regular season and into the playoffs. They became the first team in history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals, beating the Warriors at Oracle Arena in Game 7.
Lue did not sign a new contract when he was promoted from associate head coach to replace Blatt, who was fired despite taking the Cavs to the Finals in his first year.
Lue connected with his players, especially LeBron James, and his fair-but-tough approach brought out the best in the Cavs. Lue was the league’s top-paid assistant when he was added to Blatt’s staff in 2014.
Deal for McCollum: C.J. McCollum agreed to a four-year, $ 106 million contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers, a person familiar with the deal said on condition of anonymity.
The deal was first reported by Yahoo Sports.
McCollum was the NBA’s Most Improved Player after averaging 20.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists in the regular season. He raised his scoring average by more than 14 points over the previous season.
As the 10th overall draft pick in 2013, McCollum bided his time on the bench his first two seasons. The 24-year-old guard became a starter in the backcourt with Damian Lillard last season after four of the team’s starters left in the offseason.
Waiters to Miami: Guard Dion Waiters and the Heat were finalizing a one-year contract worth $ 2.9 million.
Waiters averaged 9.8 points for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, but had several big games in the playoffs. His offensive burst with the second unit helped the Thunder keep pace when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook needed rest, and his aggressiveness fit well with a bench unit that needed force.
Briefly: The Pistons agreed to a one-year contract with guard Ray McCallum for the league minimum, about $ 1 million for a player with his service time. … The Hornets signed 7-foot Virginia center Mike Tobey.