Lakers, Ty Lue unable to agree on deal to make him coach; focus now on Jason Kidd & others

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Lakers, Lue reach impasse on deal, sources say

ESPN | Adrian Wojnarowski

Negotiations between the Los Angeles Lakers and Ty Lue have reached an impasse without an agreement to him the franchise’s next head coach, league sources told ESPN.

It is immediately unclear if the Lakers will move onto other candidates, or re-engage with Lue to find common ground on a deal.

Beyond an inability to agree on contractual terms, the Lakers had proposed several scenarios involving their preferred candidates for assistant coaches, including Jason Kidd, league sources said.

The Cleveland Cavaliers still owe Lue $10-plus million on his contract payout, and accepting a less-than-market value deal from the Lakers could ultimately cost him money.

Several days of discussions culminated on Wednesday without an agreement that will reunite Lue and LeBron James, a partnership that delivered Cleveland the NBA championship in 2016.

Lue was a preferred choice of James’, but his championship history as a Lakers player – coupled with his successful run as Cavaliers coach – also played a strong role in the Lakers offering him the job.

General manager Rob Pelinka and front office advisor Kurt Rambis had interviewed Kidd for the head coaching job, and became convinced that he should be a key member of a Lue coaching staff, league sources said. They believed Kidd could be impactful with point guard Lonzo Ball, and were impressed with the Milwaukee Bucks player development during his tenure there. It isn’t believed that Lue had objections to Kidd joining his staff, but the two had not discussed the possibility directly, league sources said.

Lue’s candidacy moved to the forefront once Sixers assistant Monty Williams accepted the Phoenix Suns‘ head coaching job on Friday. The coaching search began after the Lakers and coach Luke Walton parted ways on April 12.

Before Lue’s dismissal six games into the 2018-2019 season, Lue had led the Cavaliers to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances. He had a 128-83 record in three-plus seasons in Cleveland.

As a player, Lue was part of Lakers championships in 2000 and 2001.

The Lakers also conducted head coaching interviews with Kidd and Miami assistant Juwan Howard.




Durant gets hurt, Warriors hold off Rockets in Game 5

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson scored 27 points, including a key layup with 4.1 seconds left, and the Golden State Warriors overcame Kevin Durant‘s calf injury to beat the Houston Rockets 104-99 on Wednesday night for a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Durant strained his right calf late in the third quarter. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP limped to the locker room after landing awkwardly following a baseline jumper. He finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.

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James Harden scored 31 points for the Rockets, who will try to stave off elimination back home in Houston on Friday night.

Durant’s status for Game 6 is unclear. After he departed with the injury, the rest of Golden State’s array of stars helped the Warriors close it out.

Draymond Green received his fourth technical of the postseason with 3:39 left, and then knocked down a 3-pointer on the other end. Thompson followed Green’s 3 with one of his own to make it 97-89 with 2:33 remaining.

Stephen Curry struggled with his shot yet again and finished with 25 points on 9-for-23 shooting. He went 3 of 11 from long range.


MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, helping Milwaukee advance to the Eastern Conference final.

The top-seeded Bucks placed seven players in double figures in their fourth straight win after dropping the series opener. Khris Middleton had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Eric Bledsoefinished with 18 points.

Next up for the Bucks is the winner of the Philadelphia-Toronto series. The Raptors are up 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Thursday night.

It’s the first Eastern Conference final for Milwaukee since 2001.

Kyrie Irving scored 15 points for Boston, which shot 31.2% from the field. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris each had 14.

The Celtics clamped down on Antetokounmpo for most of the game, but Middleton, Bledsoe, George Hill and Nikola Mirotic picked up the scoring to help rob the game of any drama in the final minutes.

Hill finished with 16 points, and Mirotic had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon also had 10 points in his return to the lineup after being sidelined by plantar fasciitis.

WATCH: 30th Anniversary of Jordan’s ‘The Shot’: “I never feared about my skills because I put in the work. Work ethic eliminates fear.”

VIDEO: Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Jordan’s Shot Over Ehlo With This Amazing Angle

Zack Jiang |

​Michael Jordan is still leading the GOAT discussion despite how incredibly talented the NBA has become in recent years. In order to fully understand his greatness, you must look beyond his unbelievable stats and mountain of accolades– MJ defined his career with clutch moments, like his incredible playoff game-winner over Cleveland’s Craig Ehlo exactly 30 years ago today.

One of the ​clutchest shots in NBA history

This shot came in a series-deciding Game 5 for the ​Bulls. If Jordan misses the pull-up, his Chicago Bulls get bounced in the first round. 

In these moments, however, you can always count on Mike.

This was one of the early flashes of greatness from Jordan two years before he won the first of six championships. Once he and Scottie Pippen were really cooking together, the duo was unstoppable.

After dropping the first three games in the 1990-91 season, Jordan never lost three games in a row again until he retired for the second time following the 1998 season.

Jordan’s status as the Greatest of All Time is so cemented for a reason. His uber-competitiveness willed his team to victories in endless scenarios. There may be players that are more physically gifted than Jordan, but no one ever wanted to win more than he did.


Vegas has a new favorite to land Kyrie Irving, and it isn’t the Knicks or Celtics

Jack Baer | Yahoo Sports

Of the many free-agent decisions expected to come in the next few months, Kyrie Irving represents one of the most intriguing.

The Boston Celtics star could stay with the team he’s helped build, or he could leave after a frustrating season. He could rejoin LeBron James and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, or try to lead his own team elsewhere. He could take the biggest market possible with the New York Knicks, or, well, pay attention to recent history.

Oddly enough, the sportsbook at Caesars Palace doesn’t see any of those as the most likely options.

Brooklyn Nets favored to land Kyrie Irving

Yes, the Brooklyn Nets are apparently the favorites to land Kyrie Irving after an ascendant season built around young talent.

Trailing behind the Nets are the Knicks, Celtics and Lakers, with the Los Angeles Clippers coming in fifth. Every team on that list, save the Celtics, is expected to be aggressive in free agency this offseason between their significant cap space, the strong group of players available and the perks/demands of being in a large market.

However, the Nets are definitely a surprising choice as favorites to land Irving considering they already have a promising point guard in place.

Would signing Irving mean goodbye to D’Angelo Russell?

D’Angelo Russell was the Nets’ clear keystone this season. The 23-year-old posted 21.1 points per game on 43.4 percent shooting, as well as seven assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. He was a fan favorite and the Nets’s first All-Star since 2014. And, again, he’s only 23 years old.

The former No. 2 overall pick is a restricted free agent this offseason, and the Nets likely won’t have enough cap space for multiple max free agents if they bring him back.

Even if they bring back Russell and only sign one max free agent, it’s hard to see that free agent being Irving. Both players are point guards with defensive limitations who need the ball in their hands to thrive. Building your team around the pair doesn’t seem to make sense, though, to be fair, we also said something similar when the Houston Rockets acquired Chris Paul.

However, Russell and Irving aren’t quite at the level Harden and Paul were at that point. It would be an odd situation.

If the Nets can land Irving and one of, say, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler, that could be worth it, but it’s also worth wondering if moving on from Russell would sacrifice all the development the team has made around him over the last two years.