Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coach Tyronn Lue said Thursday that he is leaving the door open for the possibility that Kevin Garnett could join the franchise’s coaching staff. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reported the news while Lue added that Garnett will be in attendance when the Cavaliers receive their 2016 championship rings on opening night.
Garnett reportedly remains undecided on his future after completing a buyout with the Minnesota Timberwolves and retiring as a player last week. Lue says that he and Garnett have spoken about the possibility that the latter could join the staff in some capacity.
“I talked to him about it. I know his wife is pushing for it a lot. Brandi [Garnett] is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he’s not ready yet. He goes back, ‘I might do it,’ but he’s back and forth. We’ll see. But I’d definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach.”
Lue and Garnett never played together, but Lue coached Garnett as an assistant with the Boston Celtics from 2009 to 2013. Lue was promoted to head coach of the Cavaliers midway through last season after having been hired as an assistant to David Blatt prior to the 2014-2015 season. He became the second head coach in as many years to win the title in his first season in charge, after Steve Kerr accomplished the feat with the Golden State Warriors in 2015.
Lue is also the 14th person to have won a title both as a player and as a head coach.
Garnett, who turned 40 in May, played 21 seasons in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets in addition to the Celtics. He won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award in 2004 and won a championship with Boston in 2008.