Report: Lue returns to Cavs as observer vs. Pelicans

Tyronn Lue is expected to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night as an observer for their home game against the New Orleans Pelicans, according to an ESPN report.

Lue, who took a leave of absence on March 19, has been dealing with an illness that forced him to miss all or part of three games this season before he stepped away.

The Cavs, 5-1 since Lue stepped away, open a four-game homestand Friday night and the hope is to ease Lue back into his full-time coaching duties over the next week.

Lue has reportedly been focusing on nutrition and exercise during his time away from the team.

The coach made the following statement in announcing his absence, which he had suggested would last about a week:

“After many conversations with our doctors and Koby and much thought given to what is best for the team and my health, I need to step back from coaching for the time being and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation from which to coach for the rest of the season,” Lue’s statement began.

“I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.”

“While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the Championship we are all working towards.”

The Cavs, at 45-30, currently sit third in the East standings, but are just a half-game ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers with seven games remaining.

–Field Level Media