The Lakers might be getting nearer to naming a head coach.
Los Angeles is finalizing a contract with former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, based on a report from Yahoo Sports, which cites unidentified league sources. The Lakers have reportedly been fascinated with Lue for a while and it seems like issues are shifting towards a hiring.
The 42-year-old was Cleveland’s coach for roughly 2 1/2 seasons. He took over the staff after David Blatt was fired halfway by 2015-16 and helped Cleveland beat the Warriors within the 2016 NBA Finals. He went on to lose two consecutive NBA Finals after that and was fired after an 0-6 begin in 2018-19.
Lue is near Lakers celebrity LeBron James and has ties to the staff, as nicely. He gained two championships with the franchise as a participant in 1999-00 and 2000-01. He has reportedly already had two interviews with Lakers executives.
Los Angeles fired third-year coach Luke Walton in April following a disappointing 2018-19. He has since been employed by the Kings.
Former Pacers and Magic head coach Frank Vogel might be part of Lue’s teaching workers if the deal is made official, based on the report. Former Lakers participant and coach Kurt Rambis has reportedly had a major position within the hiring course of.
Different notable candidates have included Monty Williams – who was employed by the Suns – Jason Kidd and Juwan Howard.