BOSTON - The Doc Rivers head coaching tree may add another limb soon.
Tyronn Lue, an assistant coach under Rivers in Boston and currently a Rivers' assistant with the Los Angeles Clippers, is in the hunt to be the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavs are expected to interview Lue next week, according to Yahoo Sports.
If Lue lands the job, he will become the third assistant under Rivers to move on to become an NBA head coach.
The others were Tom Thibodeau to Chicago and Lawrence Frank to Detroit in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Lue, an 11-year veteran, has also been linked with the New York Knicks head coaching vacancy in part because he was a member of two NBA title-winning teams with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000 and 2001), both coached by Phil Jackson who is now president of the Knicks.
The 37-year-old is considered one of the game's bright up-and-comers.
But it's unclear exactly what direction the Cavs want to go with their next coach (established coaching veteran or a first-timer), a process further complicated by Cleveland landing the top pick in next month's NBA draft.