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Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were in favor of Tyronn Lue becoming the new head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The front office of the franchise asked the two superstars about the possibility of Lue taking over the team.

Both George and Leonard agreed the veteran coach was the best option for the Clippers bench.

“From that perspective, Lue had a leg up on other candidates. The Clippers understood his high Q rating with the team’s players. The Clippers consulted Leonard and George on the candidates they were considering, and what qualities they sought in a head coach, league sources said.

Neither player wanted the final say on the decision, but both offered to share their input, if the Clippers saw it necessary. Ultimately, both players told the Clippers that they trusted the front office and were on board with Lue’s hiring, believing he matches the criteria,” Jovan Buha and Joe Vardon of The Athletic report.

Lue is expected to sign a five-year, $35M contract with the Clippers.