Reports: Lakers, Tyronn Lue fail to reach a deal to make him head coach

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Tyronn Lue have failed to reach a deal to make him the team’s next head coach, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Lue has informed the Lakers that he is moving on from talks to coach the team.

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Lue took over as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2015 and led the team as it made three straight Finals appearances and won the 2016 NBA title with LeBron James.

Lue, Lakers were deep in talks

When the Lakers parted ways with Luke Walton at the end of this season, Lue was considered a top candidate for the job because of his relationship with James and has been in negotiations with the team in recent days.

Apparently the two sides couldn’t find common ground, leaving the Lakers looking elsewhere to fill their coaching vacancy.

Staffing disagreement, contract gulf

Wojnarowski reports that the two sides had discussed contract parameters and staffing, with the Lakers expressing a desire to hire former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd as an assistant.

The Lakers had previously interviewed Kidd for the head coaching vacancy.

Sources told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes earlier this week that former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel was a top candidate to be Lue’s lead assistant, while The Athletic reported on Monday that both Lue and James wanted to bring former Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau on board in the event of Lue’s hiring.

Discussions between Ty Lue and the Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly broken down. (AP)
Discussions between Ty Lue and the Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly broken down. (AP)

Mark Stein of the New York Times also reported that the team tried to impose its staffing choices on Lue and that disagreements between the team and Walton over his staff played a role in his falling out of favor with management.

Sources told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes that contract length was a primary factor in the impasse. The Lakers offered him a three-year deal that would expire at the same time as James’ deal with the team, while Lue wanted a five-year deal similar to the one Walton had.

What’s next?

In addition to Kidd and Lue, the Lakers had reportedly also interviewed Monty Williams for the job before he ultimately filled the Phoenix Suns coaching vacancy. Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard also reportedly interviewed for the position.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that the Lakers will next look to Vogel, former Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins and former Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson.

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