Drew took over on the sidelines a season ago when Lue was out with an illness and went 8-1 in that short time, but again, that was with LeBron on the team. Now, Kevin Love is leading the way, with J.R. Smith, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson being the main returning players. Drew did have success with the Atlanta Hawks as well, leading them to the playoffs in each of his three seasons with the team. He also spent one year as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013-2014.
In his time with the Cavaliers, Lue led the team to three straight NBA Finals, including their first NBA Championship in 2016. He finished his time with them at 128-83, this after taking over for David Blatt in the middle of the 2015 season.
The Cavaliers are dreading this season after LeBron left in free agency for a second time, this time for the Los Angeles Lakers. The last time he did this was in 2010 when he went to the Miami Heat, as the Cavaliers went from 61 wins one season to 19 the next after losing LeBron.
Since James has left, ESPN has speculated that Lue has had a disagreement with the front office regarding playing veterans such as J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver. Lue wanted to keep them in the regular rotation, while the management did not. Despite that, the former point guard stated to The Undefeated "my time here in Cleveland was truly special." The Cavaliers will debut their interim coach on Tuesday night when they host the Atlanta Hawks.