Just under a month after parting ways with Luke Walton, the Lakers find themselves still searching for a head coach. Up to this point, all signs point to former-Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue being that guy. However, it wouldn’t be the Los Angeles Lakers if they didn’t throw a wrinkle in that development.
According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, the two sides are moving on without reaching a deal.
The Lakers have decided to move on from Ty Lue as they search for their next head coach, having determined he isn't the right long-term fit for the organization, according to a team source.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) May 8, 2019
According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Lue turned down an offer for three-years to be the Lakers head coach.
Lue and his representatives declined the Lakers offer of 3-years, $18 million. Lue was seeking five years. per source.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) May 8, 2019
This news comes just after the two sides stalled negotiations when the team wanted to push former-Nets and Bucks head coach Jason Kidd on to Lue’s coaching staff, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
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
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 8, 2019
Now the Lakers will turn to other candidates, with only Kidd and Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard being the two coaches the team previously interviewed.