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Report: Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue plans to rejoin team tonight

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Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepped away from the team on March 19 to deal with a persistent health issue. At the time, the talk was that Lue would rejoin the team a week or so later.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Lue appears set to do that starting tonight. He reports that Lue plans to be back with the team for tonight’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans (8 ET, ESPN). However, Lue will not resume his coaching duties tonight, Wojnarowski reports:

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue is planning to rejoin the team as an observer against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night, league sources told ESPN.

Lue will not coach the game, and the plan is for him to hopefully ease his way back into a full-time coaching role over the Cavs’ four-game homestand that extends until Thursday, sources said.

Lue had been dealing with chest pains and other serious symptoms, including coughing up blood, compounded by a loss of sleep for the majority of the season.

In a statement released by the team last week, Lue and Cavs general manager Koby Altman addressed Lue’s recent health issues. He spent the second half of Saturday’s Cavs-Bulls game in the locker room with an undisclosed illness.

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

Tuesday’s loss to the Miami Heat marked the sixth game that Lue has missed in full this season, including one from December. He also was not around for the Cavs’ win against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. The Cavs enter Friday 6-1 in the games that Lue has missed, not including a 1-1 mark in a pair of contests where he missed the second halves because of illness.

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