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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Report: Negotiations between Lakers, Ty Lue stall

Tyronn Lue

The Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching search has reportedly hit another major roadblock.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, contract negotiations between the Lakers and Tyronn Lue have hit a roadblock, and the two sides have not reached a deal as of Wednesday.

Marc Stein of the New York Times added that one major issue between Lue and the Lakers is the team’s insistence that he add certain assistant coaches to his staff. One of those, according to Wojnarowski, is former Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd.

It’s unclear what the road forward is here. Lue was essentially the only candidate for the job after Monty Williams reportedly surprised the Lakers by quickly taking the Phoenix Suns job.

There is no indication at this point that talks between Lue and the Lakers have broken down permanently, but the two sides appear to be at a serious sticking point that at least casts some doubt on whether Lue will ultimately get the job. If he doesn’t, it’s anyone’s guess who does. Perhaps if the Lakers want Kidd on their staff that badly, they should just give him the head job.

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