Atkinson, Craig to join Lue’s coaching staff with Clippers

Former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson holds the ball during a game against the Knicks.

Former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson and current Heat assistant Dan Craig have agreed to join Tyronn Lue and the Clippers’ coaching staff, according to Mike Robinson of The Ball Out.

Lue was named coach of the Clippers earlier this month, replacing Doc Rivers.

Atkinson, 53, was fired by the Nets in March after compiling a 118-190 record in three-and-half seasons. Before that, he was an assistant with current Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer in Atlanta.

Craig, 40, has been with the Heat since 2003, when he began as a video intern. He has served as an assistant under Erik Spoelstra since 2012, with a one-year break (2015-16) to coach the G-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce. Craig recently interviewed for the Pacers’ head-coaching vacancy.

Lue is also expected to add former Cavaliers assistant/head coach Larry Drew and former NBA guard Chauncey Billups to the staff.

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