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REPORT: Former Cavs head coach Ty Lue frontrunner to coach LA Lakers

Posted: 5:54 PM, Apr 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-12 21:54:45Z
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LOS ANGELES — LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers last year to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. Mid-season last year, the Cavs fired then-head coach Tyronn Lue. The two might find their paths crossing once again, according to a report from ESPN.

The Lakers announced on Friday that they had mutually parted ways with head coach Luke Walton.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Lue is a strong frontrunner to replace Walton as head coach of the Lakers.

Lue joined the Cavs’ coaching staff in 2014 as the team’s associate head coach under head coach David Blatt.

The Cavs named Lue head coach in the middle of the 2016 Championship season after the firing of Blatt. Lue became the first coach in NBA history to win his first 10 playoff games.

Lue coached the LeBron-led Cavs for two more seasons before being fired and replaced with Larry Drew in October 2018 following a 0-6 start to the season.

Walton finished his third season as head coach of the Lakers with a disappointing 37-45 record following James' arrival, which brought high expectations for the team.