Lakers in process of finalizing contract to hire Lue as coach

Former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is reportedly all but signed to become next coach of the Lakers.

The Los Angeles Lakers are closing in on a deal to make Tyronn Lue the team’s next head coach, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

The widely expected move would reunite Lue with Lakers star LeBron James, as the two won the 2016 title together with Cleveland.

Per Haynes, Lue has not yet officially accepted the Lakers job as the sides work on the contract details. But an agreement is expected soon.

“If Lue takes the job, Frank Vogel — former coach of the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic — could join his staff as a lead assistant,” Haynes reported. “‪Kurt Rambis — a former Lakers player and coach whose wife, Linda, is a trusted confidant and adviser to team owner Jeanie Buss — has had a significant role in the hiring process, sources said.”

Lue, 42, guided the Cavs to three straight appearances in the Finals, with the team making the first of four straight under David Blatt. Lue was fired by the Cavaliers after an 0-6 start to this past season.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are looking to replace Luke Walton, fired shortly after the final game.

Despite the addition of James, the Lakers have missed the playoffs for a franchise-high six consecutive seasons.

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