Lakers, Ty Lue reach 'impasse without a deal'

Florence Fletcher
May 10, 2019

ESPN reported, citing sources, that Lue and Lakers officials ended talks about him becoming the next head coach after he turned down an offer.

Brad Turner reports that Lue's final offer was for three years and $18 million. Up next in their head-coaching search: Frank Vogel.

Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Lakers "have determined that Lue isn't the right long-term fit for the organization".

Lue had been the frontrunner for the Lakers job since late last week after the Phoenix Suns hired Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams, who had interviewed for the vacant position in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles has been searching for a new head coach ever since parting ways with Luke Walton, who now coaches the Sacramento Kings, at the end of the season.

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Lue, who was sacked by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the beginning of the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season, has a strong connection to LeBron James, making him a reasonable candidate for the position.

Lue led the Cavaliers to a record of 128-83 across four seasons before he was canned six games into the 2018-19 campaign following an 0-6 start. Smith claims people close to Buss are telling her to trade LeBron James.

"Nothing is out of bounds right now", Smith said. We don't know what the hell is going on in Los Angeles. you've got folks close to Jeanie Buss imploring her to trade LeBron James. Who's to say the Lakers are gonna keep him?

In truth, the prospect of the Lakers trading James seems quite unrealistic.

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).

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