Three weeks after firing former head coach Luke Walton, the Lakers have reportedly interviewed three different coaches for the opening. In January 2016, Lue was elevated to the head coaching position following the dismissal of David Blatt, and led the team to its first-ever National Basketball Association title five months later.
During the search process, former Lakers head coach Phil Jackson suggested to owner Jeanie Buss that Lue would be a really good hire for the club, sources told Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that no offer has been made yet to Lue by the Lakers, but that they are proceeding toward an offer to Lue in the coming days. Lue was sacked shortly after the start of the 2018-19 season. They reached the National Basketball Association finals the next two years, but lost to the Warriors both times, before James took off for Los Angeles.
Monty Williams, who was considered one of the top candidates for the Lakers job, agreed to a deal to become the head coach of the Phoenix Suns on Friday. In this picture, head coach Tyronn Lue (L) of the Cavaliers talks with James of the Lakers after a quarterfinal game of the 2018 NBA Summer League between the Lakers and the Detroit Pistons at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 15, 2018. His strong relationship with LeBron James is seen as a positive as well.