Lue frontrunner for Lakers’ coaching job; Williams in mix

Former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is a free agent and has interviewed with the Lakers.

Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams are the frontrunners for the Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching vacancy, created when the team parted ways with Luke Walton on Friday, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Haynes’ story of the Lakers’ interest in Lue and Williams actually was released before Walton’s firing, but Haynes reiterated their candidacy Friday in a tweet.

Lue was fired as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers after an 0-6 start this season. He directed them to the NBA championship in 2016 with current Lakers superstar LeBron James leading the way.

Williams the former coach of the New Orleans Pelicans and currently an assistant under Brett Brown with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Lue spent his first three seasons as a player with the Lakers (1999-2001). He later played for the Washington Wizards, making him a teammate of both the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, as well as Michael Jordan with the Wizards.

He compiled a 128-83 record (.607) as coach of the Cavaliers in the regular season, as well as a 41-20 mark (.672) during the playoffs.

Former Golden State Warriors coach and current ESPN analyst Mark Jackson is also on the Lakers’ list, Haynes reported.