What do you do when you want to bring in some point guard insurance but don’t want to pay them an NBA salary? Your bring them in as an assistant! That’s what the Celtics will be doing with Tyronn Lue, a good friend of Kevin Garnett and a name that was thrown around countless times this offseason as a potential 3rd point guard. Mike Petraglia of weei.com has the full report: (h/t: Celtics Blog)
The Celtics hired former point guard Tyronn Lue as their Director of Basketball Development on Friday. He will assist the coaching staff and observe practices. He made his debut on Friday in Waltham as the Celtics prepare for their season opener on Tuesday in Cleveland. Lue played 11 seasons with seven different teams, including last year with Orlando. He won NBA titles in 2000 and ’01 with the Lakers.
A savvy move by the C’s here to bring in some insurance while liking saving a few hundred thousand dollars in salary and luxury tax expenses. The veteran will surely be a valuable commodity in practice, becoming familiar with the C’s system, providing the C’s with some depth just in case an injury were to strike Rajon Rondo or Marquis Daniels. His presence makes a scenario like that a little less disastrous…..all though not by much.