You knew it was coming.
After a very disappointing start to the 2017-18 NBA season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tyronn Lue may be on the hot seat.
According to several sources within the Cavaliers' organization, Cleveland's front office has already begun making "semi-serious" phone calls, inquiring about a replacement for the Cavs' top job.
After 3 years of relative dominance over the Eastern Conference since LeBron James' return, the Cavs currently sit at 3-5 on the season, all the way down at 13th in the East, only above the lowly Bulls and Hawks, who have won a game each.
Many speculated that the Kyrie Irving trade, which sent the point guard to Boston -- who sit atop the East with a 6-2 record ironically -- would have negative effects on the Cavs this season, but no one saw this sort of performance from Cleveland.
LeBron has been his same old self, averaging 25.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists a game, but it hasn't resulted in many wins for his team. With every subsequent loss the Cavs suffer, more and more of the blame is being heaped on head coach Ty Lue, who has been admittedly exposed during this terrible stretch of basketball.
The Cavaliers' team defense is atrocious right now, indicating a lack of direction and effort on the player's part, which is in part Lue's fault for not pushing his guys in practice or just not having the basketball know-how on the defensive end. On top of that, another indicator that Lue may not be suited to be Cleveland's coach any longer is his timeout management during opposition runs. Lue rarely calls timeouts when he needs to, opting to let the personnel on the floor somehow turn the momentum around, only resorting to a timeout when things get really bad.
It's unknown who the Cavs have contacted about a coaching role thus far, but names that may have possibly popped up are Scott Skiles, who recently resigned from the head coach position for the Orlando Magic in 2016, Nate Tibbets, who is currently one of the assistant coaches for Portland and was an assistant coach for the Cavs between 2011 and 2013, and Jeff Van Gundy, who may be a longshot, but last held a coaching position in the NBA in 2007 with the Houston Rockets, and is currently the head coach for the senior men's USA National team during their "off-season" between Olympics.
The fact of the matter is, if Lue can't get reign in the players and get them to start performing like a championship contender should, his job is in extreme jeopardy.