The Los Angeles Lakers have reached an impasse in their negotiations to hire Tyronn Lue as their next head coach, according to an ESPN report Wednesday.
The New York Times, citing league sources, reported that one of the reasons for the breakdown in talks was that the Lakers have been trying to dictate choices for assistant coaches.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Lakers were hoping to add former Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd to a Lue staff. Wojnarowski wrote that Kidd “made a strong impression with management in his head coaching interview and had a productive history w/ Bucks developing young talent.”
Lue has 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.
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. The Cavaliers were defeated in the NBA Finals each of the next two seasons by the Golden State Warriors with Lue as head coach.
With James moving to the Lakers last offseason, Lue was fired six games into the 2018-19 season when the Cavaliers got off to an 0-6 start. The Lakers are looking to replace Luke Walton, who was fired after three seasons with the team.
Lue has a 128-83 regular-season record in parts of four seasons.