Earlier this week, contract talks between the Los Angeles Lakers and former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue fell apart.
After Lue emerged as the favorite for the job, negotiations between the two sides heated up. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Lue and the Lakers were close to a deal, but those talks ended when the Lakers asked too much of Lue.
According to a new report from Yahoo Sports, the Lakers wanted to choose a member of Lue’s coaching staff.
Vincent Goodwill reported the Lakers wanted to add Kurt Rambis to Lue’s staff.
And what’s worse, asking Lue to take on [Kurt] Rambis as an assistant, a no-no according to sources close to Lue, feels like the Lakers want their walls bugged and feared a LeBron takeover — as if Lue would allow himself to be used as a puppet.
Adding insult to injury, the Lakers reportedly only offered Lue a three-year deal, tying him to LeBron James. Los Angeles could have moved on from both after three years if all goes downhill.
Lue reportedly felt slighted by the offer and walked away from the table. With Lue out of the cards, the Lakers must restart their coaching search.
Stay tuned for the latest.