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One of the reasons Tyronn Lue walked away from the chance to become coach of the Los Angeles Lakers was because Lue did not want to add Jason Kidd as part of his staff, Tania Ganguli reported in an LA Times email newsletter.
The Lakers have since hired Frank Vogel, who will be introduced at a Monday press conference. Kidd will indeed be part of Vogel’s staff.
Apparently, the Lakers’ front office wanted to make sure Kidd had a role with the team. According to multiple reports, team owner Jeanie Buss, general manager Rob Pelinka, senior advisor Kurt Rambis and wife Linda Rambis have been working as a collective unit to make basketball decisions.
“According to a person close to the Lakers management, through the negotiation process the Lakers developed concerns about Lue’s fit with the organization,” Tanguli reported. “Part of those concerns stemmed from Lue’s disagreement with the Lakers about who would be on his staff. While they agreed on Vogel, they disagreed on Jason Kidd, whom the Lakers insisted he include. They also balked at Lue’s counter to the three-year deal the offered.”
The Lakers reportedly offered Lue a three-year contract; which is the same length Lakers star LeBron James has on his own deal. It’s been reported that Lue was seeking a five-year deal.
Either way, Vogel is now the coach, Kidd is now on the staff and the Lakers will move forward best they can with James and the fourth overall pick as their biggest reasons for hope.
Vogel has previously coached the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic; Kidd the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets. Lue coached James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for three seasons, winning the championship in 2016.