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While reports circulated Sunday linking Jason Kidd to the Los Angeles Lakers as coach should current coach Luke Walton be fired, another report came to light linking an NBA championship coach to the Lakers.
Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue.
Stephen A. Smith of ESPN said on “First Take” on Monday morning that Kidd is not a candidate.
He then went on his radio show and said Lue — who led the Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA championship — will get serious consideration should Walton get the boot, as many expect.
Lue was fired after Cleveland got off to an 0-6 start this season. After he was fired, LeBron James, his former star in Cleveland and now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, all but told Lue to reach out when he’s ready for another shot.
Lue spent some time volunteering with the Los Angeles Clippers and coach Doc Rivers earlier this season, but has been traveling and resting since about December. Lue was an assistant under Rivers with the Clippers before coming to Cleveland in 2014.
T Lue thanks for the memories and more importantly our partnership bringing a 🏆 to that deserved city/fan base. U know how to find me 🙏🏾
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2018
Lue spent the first three seasons of his NBA playing career with the Lakers (1999 through 2001) after being selected with the 23rd overall pick in the 1998 draft out of Nebraska.
He compiled a 128-83 (.607) regular-season record as coach of the Cavaliers, taking over for David Blatt after he was fired halfway through the 2015-16 season and leading Cleveland on its historic run to the NBA title.
Lue put together a 41-20 (.672) record in Cleveland in the postseason, reaching the Finals in each of the three seasons he was at the helm.