NBA sources have revealed that Tyronn Lue, former head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has rejected the most recent contract offer from the Los Angeles Lakers, ending talks between the two parties.
According to reports, the struggling LA team offered Lue $18 million for three years, but Lue wanted both a longer contract term and more money.
This leaves the Lakers at a loose end, forced to expand their search to coaches with a less impressive resume than the former Cavs head coach.
Lue coached the Cavaliers to their first ever NBA championship in 2016, a team that included LeBron James who - apparently - has removed himself from the process to find the Lakers' next coach.
With president of basketball operations Magic Johnson spectacularly resigning live in a press conference, Luke Walton departing to coach the Sacramento Kings and the Lakers' failure to secure All-Star centre Anthony Davis in a trade, things are looking rough for the most-watched team in the league.
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