Lakers, Ty Lue reach 'impasse without a deal'

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Williams and Lue completed their second interviews with the Lakers on April 24 and 25 (April 25 and 26, PHL time), respectively, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The NBA insider has revealed that Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss is being urged to trade James this offseason.

But because this is the Lakers we're talking about, something extremely weird had to happen in their quest to make Lue their coach.

Just last week, it appeared LeBron James and the Lakers were on their way to hiring Ty Lue to be their next coach. Clearly, the team and its star player need to come together and get on the same page but, no, the Lakers shouldn't trade him.

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Lue turned down a three-year, $18 million offer, according to Los Angeles Times' reporter Brad Turner, who cited a source saying Lue was looking for a five-year deal. "So, in making a move like this, by not bringing in the coach he wants, not securing the coach he wants in Los Angeles, you never know what dominos are going to fall right now".

The interview process is expected to include controlling owner Jeanie Buss, general manager Rob Pelinka, team advisor Kurt Rambis, director of special projects Linda Rambis and chief operating officer Tim Harris as well as Lakers co-owners Joey Buss (president of the Lakers' G League affiliate) and Jesse Buss (the Lakers' director of scouting).

"Whether or not it's going to affect free agents coming to L.A., whether or not it's going to affect LeBron James STAYING in L.A". Particularly, when I'm hearing there are people in her ear-albeit Hollywood people, not basketball people-that are telling you to move LeBron James and use him to acquire a multitude of prime assets.

But when talks between Lue and the Lakers broke down earlier Wednesday, apparently now everything is on the table in LA - including trading LeBron James. "We don't know because we don't know who's running the organization", he said.