Published: Fri, May 10, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Tyronn Lue's Lakers party looks really bad after stunner

Tyronn Lue's Lakers party looks really bad after stunner

As former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue is no longer pursuing the Los Angeles Lakers head coaching job, there are reasons why both sides ended contract negotiations.

The Lakers pushed for former National Basketball Association coaches Frank Vogel and Jason Kidd to be added to Lue's coaching staff, sources said. According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Yahoo's Chris Haynes, the Lakers offered Lue a three-year contract even though he and his representatives wanted a five-year deal.

It had been reported that the Lakers were narrowing in on Lue after the Phoenix Suns managed to nab Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams to be their next head coach.

Now that Lue is out of the mix, the Lakers have to go back to the drawing board and it seems like their next target is Frank Vogel.

Lue coached Lakers forward LeBron James in Cleveland, with the Cavaliers winning the title in the 2015-16 season when Lue took over for David Blatt midway through the schedule.

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With him apparently out of the picture, the Lakers' head-coaching search will continue, after they mutually parted ways with Luke Walton on April 12.

It is unclear how interested Kidd is in this type of assistant coaching role with an emphasis on player development. During his two seasons in Orlando, Vogel led the team to last-place finishes in the Southeast Division, compiling a cumulative record of 54-110.

The interview process is expected to include controlling owner Jeanie Buss, general manager Rob Pelinka, team advisor Kurt Rambis, director of special projects Linda Rambis and chief operating officer Tim Harris as well as Lakers co-owners Joey Buss (president of the Lakers' G League affiliate) and Jesse Buss (the Lakers' director of scouting).

I get that Buss and those close to her don't want LeBron running the organization, but no one in their right mind is telling anyone with the Lakers to trade him.

"You've got folks imploring (Buss) to trade LeBron James", Smith said.

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