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REPORT: Tyronn Lue turned down Lakers’ 3-year, $18 million deal

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Tyronn Lue has reportedly turned down a three-year, $18 million offer from the Los Angeles Lakers to be their next head coach.

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Lue was looking for a five-year deal and a higher salary commensurate with his experience.

Los Angeles and Lue have reportedly moved on from each other, with the latter saying that he would no longer try to be the next coach of the team. The Purple and Gold, meanwhile, also didn’t push through with the former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach and deemed him as not the right long-term fit.

As reported first by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the two parties reached an impasse on contract negotiations. While the terms of the contract may be one of the reasons why a deal wasn’t reached, there are speculations that there are more problems that arose.

For one, the Lakers were reportedly imposing their choices for Lue’s assistants. Los Angeles is trying to avoid the problems they had with Luke Walton, whose coaching staff led to the dissatisfaction of the front office.

The Lakers will now move forward to their coaching search, while it remains to be seen what will be the next step for Lue in his quest to return to the NBA sidelines.