In a somewhat stunning twist in the NBA coaching carousel, Tyronn Lue may not be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, per multiple reports.
Lue, who won a championship with LeBron James as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and made two other NBA Finals appearances with the Cavs in 2017 and 2018, had "moved to the forefront" of the Lakers' coaching search following the Phoenix Suns' hiring of Monty Williams, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin reported.
But Lue might not be the guy in Los Angeles anymore, apparently, with the news Wednesday that he and the team could not reach a deal. ESPN and other outlets reported that Lue was seeking a five-year deal, but the Lakers' offer appeared to be for three years and around $18 million.
Additionally, ESPN reported that the Lakers' talks with Lue – a former player during the team's championship years of the early 2000s – may have also hit an "impasse" over the team preferring certain assistant coaches, namely former Bucks coach and NBA star Jason Kidd.
Discussions have included talks on contract and assistant coaching staff, sources said. Among Lakers hopes on a Lue staff: Jason Kidd. He made a strong impression with management in his head coaching interview and had a productive history w/ Bucks developing young talent. https://t.co/uQxTjqWAm7
The Lakers have opened their coaching search again, but haven't necessarily moved on from Lue completely.
Kidd, Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard and former NBA head coaches Lionel Hollins, Frank Vogel and Mike Woodson are among the leading candidates, per the Los Angeles Times and Shams Charania.
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