A person familiar with the search says Frank Vogel will be interviewed for the Lakers head coach opening.
The latest twist in the Lakers' offseason took another surprising twist this evening with reports emerging that Lue is now out of the running to become the new Lakers head coach.
The NBA trade rumors aren't going to die down for a while, though, because the Lakers aren't taking part in the postseason. After Monty Williams signed with the Phoenix Suns, everyone thought LA and Lue would agree to a deal since Lue coached James on the Cavs.
Obviously, none of those names are going to excite Lakers fans, but at this point, it's becoming clear that the team doesn't have as much leverage as it thinks it does as it seeks a replacement for the fired Luke Walton.
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"You've got folks close to Jeanie Buss imploring her to trade LeBron James", Smith said. Not only would the Lakers be silly to trade James but it is so inconceivable that the team would actually get the proper return for the superstar.
Lue was a two-time All-Big 12 guard during his career at Nebraska. Lue and James won a title with the Cavaliers in the 2015 season, and he also played for the Lakers in the past.
While Walton's dismissal was expected, the abrupt resignation days before of Magic Johnson, the Lakers' president of basketball operations, was a shocking development.
The interview process included Jeanie Buss, Rob Pelinka, Kurt Rambis, and Joey Buss among others in the Lakers organization.
Before the Sixers and Raptors playoff game, Rajon Rondo joined ESPN's NBA Countdown to give some analysis. Los Angeles could have moved on from both after three years if all goes downhill.