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Tyronn Lue and Cleveland Cavaliers edge closer to new contract for the head coach

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The Cleveland Cavaliers completed the most miraculous comeback in NBA history as they defeated the Golden State Warriors in the Finals having trailed 3-1 after four games.

Much of the praise will go to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving for the sometimes superhuman performances they produced at vital moments. However, the influence of Tyronn Lue cannot be understated.

The former Lakers man, who became the second rookie coach to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy in successive years, looked to have taken over a poisoned chalice following the dismissal of David Blatt in January.

Despite leading the Eastern Conference with a 30-11 record, it was clear to see the Wine and Gold were some way off being a real title contender under the Boston native.

A demoralising 34-point loss at the Quicken Loans Arena to the Golden State Warriors appeared to be the final nail in the coffin for Blatt, and general manager David Griffin cited 'a lack of fit with our personnel and our vision' for his departure.

Fortunes changed dramatically under Lue and he now looks set to pocket a significant pay rise as the two parties edge closer to a new contract for the 39-year-old.

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According to Cleveland.com, the Missouri man hedged his bets on himself after stepping up in January. Instead of signing a new deal, he decided to stay on his four-year, $6.5 million deal as Blatt's top assistant. He had the option of a three-year, $9.5 million deal but turned it down.

The move paid dividends for Lue, who now looks set to pocket over $6 million a year when you consider what other coaches in the league are earning. The Toronto Raptors - beaten Conference semi-finalists - rewarded Dwane Casey with a three-year, $18 million deal.

Cleveland's man is likely to earn more than that and could be challenging the highest-paid coaches in the business; Gregg Popovich, who is tied into a five years, $55 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs, and his former mentor Doc Rivers, who has a five years, $50 million deal with the L.A. Clippers.

Lue was endorsed by LeBron James as the 'greatest coach in the world' after guiding the organisation to their first championship just a few weeks ago, and it is clear to see he has created a brilliant atmosphere in Ohio.

The organisation were in disarray under Blatt; there were rumours of frictions between star players and coaching staff, off-field issues distracting from basketball and a general sense of unhappiness in the camp.

Those problems have been banished and the future now looks bright for the organisation. LeBron's on-court understanding with Kyrie Irving appears to have finally clicked and, under Lue, they can look to build a dynasty over the coming years.

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Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
LeBron James

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