Earlier in the week, Tyronn Lue appeared to be a lock to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
With Monty Williams taking the Suns job, the Lakers were getting deep into contract talks with Lue, as reports swirled about potential assistants that could be joining his staff. Those discussions about assistants apparently ended up being the downfall of negotiations, as the Lakers reportedly were pushing Jason Kidd to be an assistant, as was reported on Wednesday.
Shortly after reports the two sides had “reached an impasse” it became all but official that Lue was no longer a candidate. Tania Ganguli and Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported the two sides had “moved on” from talks, although each cites the other party as being the one that made the decision.
Assistants weren’t the only apparent issue in negotiations, as the Lakers’ offer didn’t include the job security Lue was looking for.
In any case, Lue is no longer in the running for the job after long being considered the frontrunner due to his ties to the Lakers and to LeBron James. Now, the question becomes whether one of those that was being floated as a lead assistant will end up as head coach, whether that’s Kidd, Tom Thibodeau, or Frank Vogel — all of whom were reported as potential assistants recently. Juwan Howard also was among those interviewed for the head coaching vacancy.