The Los Angeles Lakers and Tyronn Lue have reportedly ended discussions on a contract, according to multiple reports.
PerLos Angeles Times' Brad Turner, Lue and his representatives informed the Lakers that he was moving on from attempting to be hired by Los Angeles. The Times' Tania Ganguli also reported that the Lakers decided to move on from hiring Lue after determining he isn't a long-term fit for the franchise.
Additionally, Turner reports that Lue was seeking a five-year deal and declined a three-year, $18 million offer.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report that contract talks between Lue and the Lakers reached an impasse without a deal in place.
The Lakers will continue their search for a replacement of former head coach Luke Walton, who mutually parted ways with Los Angeles at the end of the 2018-19 regular season. Lue emerged as a favorite to be named the Lakers head coach after the Phoenix Suns hired Monty Williams.
It was reported Monday that the Lakers and Lue had engaged in discussions to make Lue their next head coach. He most recently served as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who fired him following an 0–6 start at the beginning of the 2018-19 season.
Per Wojnarowski, the Lakers had hoped to include former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd on a potential Lue coaching staff. It was reported earlier in the week that Los Angeles star forward LeBron James, who played under Lue in Cleveland, desired to have former Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau included on the Lakers' new coaching staff, too.