October 11, 2021; Ontario, California, United States; Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue reacts during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Toyota Arena. The Timberwolves won 128-100. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue was placed in NBA health and safety protocol on Friday with assistant coach Brian Shaw set to lead the team in a road game against the Toronto Raptors.
Lue’s entry into protocol comes shortly after Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel was fired from the same roster.
Several other coaches are still absent due to COVID-19 issues, including Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers, Michael Malone of the Denver Nuggets, Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns, Billy Donovan of the Chicago Bulls, Chauncey Billups of the Portland Trail Blazers and Mark Daigneault of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Lue guided the Clippers to an 18-17 record in an injury-ridden season with Kawhi Leonard (knee) indefinitely and Paul George (elbow) out for four weeks. The Clippers opened a three-game trip Wednesday with a 91-82 victory in Boston.
In another move from the Clippers on Friday, the team signed forward Wenyen Gabriel to a 10-day contract. Gabriel only played one minute with the Nets in a 10-day contract that just ended. He effectively replaces Moses Wright, whose 10-day contract with Los Angeles has just expired.
In 52 games with four different teams over the past three seasons, Gabriel has averaged 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds.
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