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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Articles tagged: Tyronn Lue

Report: Clippers to hire Tyronn Lue as associate head coach

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The Los Angeles Clippers are adding an experienced pair of hands to their coaching staff as they prepare to take on next season’s high expectations.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Clippers are adding former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue to their staff as an assistant to head coach Doc Rivers. Lue’s job title is likely to be associate head coach.

Lue coached LeBron James’ Cavaliers to a title in 2016 and looked set to coach him again with the Lakers before talks broke down. Now, he’ll instead face the Lakers as a leading division rival, adding another twist to the subplot of the rivalry between these two contenders.

Report: Rockets, Pelicans pursuing Ty Lue as lead assistant coach

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Tyronn Lue is still hoping to land a head coaching gig in the NBA this summer, but he apparently has a couple of appealing assistant jobs waiting for him if that does not work out.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Lue is being pursued by the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans for their lead assistant jobs. Lue remains focused on securing another head coaching job, though the only vacancy at the moment is with the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Rockets have seen several members of their coaching staff depart this offseason and are working on a contract extension with Mike D’Antoni, so adding Lue would give them some much-needed stability and experience. Sources told Charania that Lue was offered an assistant coaching job with Houston right when he was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers back in October, though it’s unclear if they made a formal offer more recently.

Working in New Orleans could also be an attractive option for Lue even with the Anthony Davis situation continuing to look uncertain. He worked with Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry in the past as an assistant on Doc Rivers’ staff with the Los Angeles Clippers and was also in Cleveland when new Pelicans GM David Griffin still worked in the Cavs’ front office. New Orleans, of course, is going to add Zion Williamson in the NBA Draft, so that might be enticing for Lue as well.

Lue was close to becoming the next head coach of the Lakers before they hired Frank Vogel, but the negotiations were botched.

Report: Kurt Rambis, wife Linda stood in way of Ty Lue hire

Kurt Rambis

Kurt Rambis and his wife Linda are powerful voices that impeded the Los Angeles Lakers’ hire of Ty Lue as head coach, according to a report.

FS1 personality Nick Wright reported on Wednesday that the Buss family and Lakers GM Rob Pelinka signed off on hiring Lue last week. However, he says the Rambises were against the hire and convinced the Lakers to hold off.

Wright’s report was echoed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who said Kurt Rambis is playing a major role in the search and has emerged as a powerful voice within the organization.

Beyond Kurt Rambis, a former Lakers player and assistant coach, Linda Rambis has long been a trusted adviser to Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.

The Lakers initially were down to two finalists for their head coaching vacancy: Lue and Monty Williams. Williams took the Phoenix Suns job, and talks with Lue broke down on Wednesday because the team was unwilling to meet his contract desires.

The Rambises reasons for not being in favor of a Lue hire are unclear, but the Lakers reportedly have a number of other candidates they are now considering.

Report: Lakers were not willing to give Ty Lue 5-year deal

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Tyronn Lue and his representatives apparently have pulled away from the negotiating table with the Los Angeles Lakers, and a dispute over the length of the contract reportedly was central to the disagreement between the sides.

News emerged on Wednesday afternoon that the Lakers and Lue had hit an impasse in their negotiations for him to become the team’s next head coach. According to both ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner, Lue was seeking a five-year contract, while the team was only willing to offer him $18 million on a three-year deal.

The Lakers playing hardball in their negotiations would have made more sense if they had another top option to consider, but the other coach they wanted to hire took another job instead. That’s left them in a bad spot.

It’s hard to believe a team that reportedly was paying Magic Johnson $10 million a year to make bad trades and get fined for tampering did not think Lue was worth a five-year deal.

Report: Tyronn Lue will not be next Lakers coach

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The Los Angeles Lakers are back to square one in their head coaching search.

According to multiple reports, negotiations between Lue and the Lakers have ended for good without a deal. Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reported that the Lakers have opted to move in a different direction, while colleague Brad Turner said that Lue’s camp has moved on from trying to negotiate a contract.

According to Turner, Lue was seeking a five-year deal, but the Lakers were only willing to offer three.

Reports earlier Wednesday stated that negotiations broke down in part because the Lakers were trying to mandate that Lue hire certain assistants, particularly Jason Kidd, as part of his coaching staff.

This is a huge black eye for the Lakers, especially after their other top choice didn’t bother waiting around for them before accepting another job. They will essentially have to reboot their search days after it looked like they had chosen Luke Walton’s replacement.

Report: Negotiations between Lakers, Ty Lue stall

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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.

LeBron James reportedly wants Tom Thibodeau to join Lakers’ staff

Tom Thibodeau

LeBron James has refused to admit publicly for several years now that he has any input in coaching decisions, but it is tough to believe he had nothing to do with Tyronn Lue reportedly being on the verge of becoming the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. And if LeBron influenced that hire, perhaps he can help Lue fill out his staff.

Frank Isola of The Athletic reports that LeBron has made it known “through intermediaries” that he wants Tom Thibodeau to join Lue’s staff with the Lakers. LeBron feels Thibodeau’s presence could be a huge asset, though a person close to him denied that James is trying to influence any coaching decisions in LA. However, that same person told Isola that LeBron has the “utmost respect” for Thibodeau.

Thibodeau has not served as an assistant since he was with the Boston Celtics in 2010, and he almost certainly would prefer to pursue other head coaching opportunities. Isola notes that he could also be hesitant to join the Lakers because of the questions surrounding their front office, as he just left an ugly situation when he was fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Lue and Thibodeau have a history, so it’s not impossible to envision a scenario where Thibodeau is unable to find a head coaching job and wants to help the Lakers out.