Tyronn Lue was a candidate to become head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason, but he was never a serious candidate.

Lue had an ally in Philadelphia's search in Rich Paul, who represents LeBron James and Ben Simmons.

Sources tell the Athletic that Joel Embiid was opposed to Lue for basketball reasons and also "for the optics of Simmons' 'guy' getting the job."

The 76ers eventually hired Doc Rivers, who was coincidentally fired while Lue was in Philadelphia getting ready for his interview.