Lakers Expected To Hire Tyronn Lue As Head Coach

Arnold Nichols
May 5, 2019

The Los Angeles Lakers are proceeding toward an offer to Ty Lue in the coming days and have no plans to introduce new candidates into their head-coaching search, league sources told ESPN. Three weeks after firing former head coach Luke Walton, the Lakers have reportedly interviewed three different coaches for the opening. The Lakers also had interest in Monty Williams, who became head coach of the Phoenix Suns on Friday. Multiple reports had indicated that Williams what Los Angeles' No.1 choice, though Lue might be the best fit for the team.

Lue was sacked after the Cleveland Cavaliers began the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season with a terrible 0-6 record.

Lue's stint coaching James in Cleveland produced one title in 2016 and two more trips to the NBA Finals.

Lue spent two full seasons and two partial campaigns with the Cavs, exiting last October as the franchise settled into life in the post-LeBron era.

Lue arrived as an assistant coach with the Cavaliers in 2014, the same year that James returned to the team after playing four years with the Miami Heat. There were high expectations placed on the Lakers this season thanks to the addition of LeBron James, although the team wasn't able to deliver.

The Lakers, however, have yet to formally offer their job to Lue.

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