Lue was reportedly seeking a five-year deal.
It’s back to the drawing board for the Los Angeles Lakers in their search for a new head coach, as Tyronn Lue reportedly turned down the three-year, $18 million offer.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin, Lue’s camp was seeking a five-year deal with a salary commensurate with a championship résumé. The former Lakers guard was reportedly “insulted” by the Lakers’ offer.
Negotiations really deteriorated w/ Ty Lue when the Lakers refused to offer more than a three year deal that was designed to line up with LeBron James’ contract. Lue felt insulted the Lakers only saw him as a coach for LeBron, sources close to the process told ESPN.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 9, 2019
In addition to the contractual disagreements, ESPN reports that the Lakers were pushing for their own preferred candidates for assistant coaches, which includes Jason Kidd. The team reportedly wants Kidd apart of any coaching staff to help mentor Lonzo Ball, who will be entering this third season.
In all of this, Kurt Rambis has reportedly emerged as a “powerful voice” in basketball operations. In fact, Rambis was reportedly the only one opposed to the Lue signing.
Lakers advisor Kurt Rambis is playing a major role in the franchise’s coaching search, league sources tell ESPN. He’s emerging as a powerful voice in basketball operations.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 8, 2019
Source: The Buss family & Rob Pelinka signed off on hiring Ty Lue last week. Kurt & Linda Rambis were the only parties opposed, and convinced the Lakers to hold off, which lead to today.
— nick wright (@getnickwright) May 8, 2019
Ever since the Lakers fired Luke Walton, Lue has been described as the “frontrunner” for the vacant position and the feeling only got stronger once Sixers assistant Monty Williams agreed to a deal with the Phoenix Suns.
Now, the team will reopen the search with reports suggesting Frank Vogel, Lionel Hollins and Mike Woodson are all possibilities.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 8, 2019